Georgia Mattingly found herself in the right place at the right time for the Grandview Heights High School girls soccer team.

Georgia Mattingly found herself in the right place at the right time for the Grandview Heights High School girls soccer team.

The senior midfielder scored with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in regulation to give the top-seeded Bobcats their first district title with a 1-0 win over third-seeded Columbus Academy in a Division III final Oct. 31 at Canal Winchester.

Second-ranked Grandview improved to 16-2-1 and played sixth-ranked Lynchburg-Clay in a regional semifinal Nov. 3 at Waverly.

The Bobcats had played in three previous district finals since 2001 and had not scored a goal. They lost to Bexley 3-0 in 2001 in Division II before losing Division III finals to Ready (1-0 in 2012) and Worthington Christian (3-0 last season).

"Lizzy Van Deusen kicked it in (from the corner) and Maria (Claypool) got a piece of it," Mattingly said. "I just ran through it, looked at my teammate Whitney (Schaefer) and hoped it would go in."

The Bobcats held off Academy in the final three minutes to seal the victory.

"I really thought it was going to overtime or a shootout," said goalkeeper Izzy Esber, who had two saves. "We had always come in second (at district), but we pushed ourselves to the max. We were rewarded for the effort that we have put in."

Grandview also beat fifth-seeded Columbus School for Girls 3-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 27 at home.

Mattingly does not start for the Bobcats, and coach Mike Merna said it showed how crucial every player can be in any game.

"Everyone watches (senior forward) Haley (Rees), but someone else got the goal, which shows how much of a team game this is," Merna said. "They have all committed themselves to soccer and getting this district title. It's been great."

The regional semifinal winner plays eighth-ranked Zanes-ville Rosecrans or Albany Alexander for the regional title at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at a site to be determined. Rosecrans was 16-3 after defeating Berlin Hiland 2-0 on Oct. 31 to earn its second consecutive regional berth. Alexander was 8-9-2 after defeating Chillicothe Zane Trace 2-1 in a district final Oct. 31.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal against top-ranked Cincinnati Summit Country Day, fourth-ranked Cincinnati Country Day, fifth-ranked Hamilton Badin or Cincinnati Madeira at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at a site to be determined.

Entering the regional tournament, Summit Country Day was 20-0, Country Day was 16-2-1, Badin was 14-3-2 and Madeira was 11-7-1.

The state final is Nov. 13 at Mapfre Stadium.

"We have a chance to make something special," Claypool said. "We're excited to be headed to (the regional semifinal), but we want to go a long way."