The Hilliard Davidson High School girls soccer team was looking to make a statement in its Division I district tournament opener after failing to defend its OCC-Central Division championship during the regular season.

The Hilliard Davidson High School girls soccer team was looking to make a statement in its Division I district tournament opener after failing to defend its OCC-Central Division championship during the regular season.

Senior forward Courtney Hall said the Wildcats accomplished that by beating Teays Valley 11-0 on Oct. 21 at Bradley.

Hall scored three goals, Lauren Bates scored two and goalkeeper Susan Anderson had to make only one save.

"We felt like we made some stupid mistakes to lose the OCC championship, so we wanted to start the tournament strong to show everyone that we're a threat to win a district championship," said Hall, whose squad lost to Dublin Coffman 1-0 in a district final last year. "Teays Valley was one of the easier teams we've played this year, but it was nice that we were able to put this game away early. We put our whole j.v. team in there 20 minutes into the game after we took a 6-0 lead. Our coaches told us not to score any more goals after we went up 10-0 at halftime, and our last goal was an accident."

The fifth-seeded Wildcats played 10th-seeded Westerville North in a district semifinal Oct. 25. The winner will play fourth-seeded Gahanna or Pickerington Central in a final Saturday, Oct. 29 at Thomas Worthington. The winner of that will play top-seeded Dublin Jerome, 11th-seeded New Albany, 12th-seeded Olentangy Orange or Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Dublin Scioto.

Gahanna, which is led by senior midfielder Ashley Gogolin and senior defender Abby Grooms, beat Whetstone 7-0 on Oct. 20 to improve to 13-4 heading into its district semifinal against Central.

Central, which is led by senior forward Megan Marinello and junior goalie Lizzie Awuah, defeated Olentangy Liberty 4-3 in overtime Oct. 22 to improve to 11-5-1 before playing Gahanna.

Gahanna beat Davidson 3-2 on Sept. 17 at home.

"Gahanna beat us in a weird game on a bad field," Hall said. "The officials gave them six yellow cards and a red card because they were very physical, and they could have given them a lot more cards because of the style they played. We felt like we got gypped and so we want to beat them for some revenge. Now that we have a better understanding of how they play, we'll be ready to handle it."

Leading Davidson in scoring through 17 games were Hall (18 goals, six assists), Bates (11 goals) and Ashley Blake (11 goals).

"Once you get this far, it comes down to scoring and defending set pieces," Hall said. "We need to stay focused and play like we want it more. Kelly Grinter, Chelsea Miller and Jamie Schick have done their part defensively all season, and we'll need them to keep that up in the tournament."

•The seventh-seeded Bradley girls team opened the Division I district tournament Oct. 20 at home with a 7-1 win over Newark.

Caitlyn Cote and Kaitlyn Hall scored to give Bradley a 2-0 halftime lead, and the Jaguars blew it open in the second half.

"Our girls felt like this game was going to be handed to them and we didn't get up for it early," said coach Dan Hoover, whose squad lost to Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in the first round of the district tournament a year ago. "Erin Banaag hit three posts and it took some time before we started finishing. But we played pretty well in the second half, and I called off the dogs with 20 minutes left."

The Jaguars played Westerville Central in a district semifinal Oct. 25. The winner will play second-seeded Dublin Coffman or ninth-seeded Grove City in a final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville South.

Coffman, which is led by sophomore forward Sammy Edwards and junior midfielder Bailey Wilson, beat Northland 11-0 on Oct. 20 to improve to 12-3-2 before playing Grove City on Oct. 25.

Grove City, which is led by junior forward Lexi Pass and senior goalie Nicole Sprow, defeated Central Crossing 5-1 on Oct. 20 to improve to 11-4-2 before playing Coffman.

The district final winner will play third-seeded Pickerington North, sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto, eighth-seeded Thomas Worthington or Watterson in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Coffman.

"To go deep in the tournament, we have to create more opportunities up front and do a better job of finishing," Hoover said. "We need to be mobile up top to create space. We need to be patient because we sometimes are in a hurry to play balls. The way we pass in the midfield and play balls to our forwards is going to be real important in the tournament."

•The Darby girls team opened the Division I district tournament with a 1-0 win over Kilbourne on Oct. 19 at home. The game began Oct. 18 but was suspended with 8 minutes, 3 seconds remaining because of rain.

Ashleigh Riddle scored for Darby, which then lost at Orange 2-0 on Oct. 20.

"We had a really good game against Worthington Kilbourne where both teams had to work extremely hard," said coach Sarah Wiechman, whose squad finished 8-7-3. "I wanted to hold a practice (Oct. 19) but the weather was horrible and a lot of the girls were tired from playing that day and a couple of them were sick, so we went home and tried to rest up to play Olentangy Orange. I think that hurt us because we just didn't have the energy we needed to play with to beat them."