The New Albany High School boys soccer team got the kind of matchup it wanted for its opening game in the Division I district tournament.

The New Albany High School boys soccer team got the kind of matchup it wanted for its opening game in the Division I district tournament.

The visiting Eagles didn't disappoint, either, defeating Hilliard Davidson 4-3 in a shootout in the second round last Saturday while improving to 6-7-4 overall. That included a 4-1-2 stretch before playing Westerville Central in a district semifinal last Wednesday, with the winner advancing to play either fourth-seeded Pickerington North or 10th-seeded Dublin Jerome in a district final Saturday at Central. New Albany defeated the Warhawks 4-2 on Oct. 7.

With the score tied 3-all following two overtime periods last Saturday, coach Ben Arthurs gave freshman goalkeeper Anthony Flowers his choice as to which team would go first in the shootout, which New Albany eventually won 5-3.

"He told me, 'Put the pressure all on me,'" Arthurs said. "He just wanted to win."

With help from the post, Flowers stopped the first attempt he faced. Braden Passias then put the Eagles up 1-0 by scoring on his penalty kick before Tyler Washington, Jack Buck, Trent Guy and Chad Guy followed with four more goals. The Eagles, who trailed 2-1 at the half, got regulation goals from Trent Guy, Washington and Buck.

"It's exciting stuff," Arthurs said. "I was very confident in these guys and the matchups we got early in the tournament. We went after Davidson and we went after Westerville Central, too."

•The girls team surrendered only three goals all season. Unfortunately, one came when Christy Chou stuck one just inside the near post in the 72nd minute of a 1-0 loss against 12th-seeded Dublin Jerome in the second round of the Division I district tournament at home on Oct. 21.

The eighth-seeded Eagles, who outscored their opponents by a combined 68-3, finished 15-1-2 overall and set a school record for victories.

"We played as hard as we could play," first-year coach Chad Schuler said. "It's disappointing, yes. We just gave up a goal at the wrong time. Soccer can be a cruel game, that's for sure."

The Eagles went 7-0 to win a second consecutive outright title in the OCC-Capital Division as Hilliard Bradley (5-1-1), Olentangy Orange (5-1-1), Delaware (4-3), Big Walnut (2-4-1), Watkins Memorial (1-4-2), Mount Vernon (1-5-1) and Franklin Heights (0-7) followed. New Albany is 14-0-1 in its last 15 league games dating to late in the 2008 season.

Seniors Taylor Cameron, Jordyn Albritton and Jordan Mazzi made first-team all-league. Albritton, a forward who finished with a team-high 17 goals, was named the OCC-Capital's Player of the Year. Schuler was named Coach of the Year. Mazzi, another forward, scored 11 goals.

The team's true strength was defense, however, and that was recognized with three second-team all-league picks. They were junior Jill Singer and sophomores Chrissy Harris and Meghan Jayes, whose 16 shutouts included a 9-0 victory over Beechcroft in a first-round tournament game on Oct. 19. Sophomore Emily Makowski, a forward/midfielder who will be the leading returning scorer after she scored 11 goals, made special-mention all-league while senior Katie Lackey earned honorable-mention honors.

"I wish we had another year with this senior class," Schuler said. "But we're excited for next year already. We'll have some holes to fill, especially from the goal-scoring aspect, but our defense will be solid and we'll tweak everywhere else."

At a glance


•Record: 15-1-2, 7-0 (first) in OCC-Capital

•Seniors lost: Jordyn Albritton, Taylor Cameron, Sydney Curley, Katie Lackey, Stephanie Lee, Sarah Litterst, Jordan Mazzi and Ashley Siegesmund

•Key returnees: Delaney Barrett, Vanessa Eastwood, Chrissy Harris, Meghan Jayes, Emma Johnson, Emily Makowski and Jill Singer

At a glance

Below are the recent results and schedule for the New Albany boys and girls soccer teams:


*Oct. 12 — Tied Mount Vernon 1-all. Andrew Adom scored a first-half goal for the Eagles, and goalkeeper Oliver Sybert made three saves to preserve the tie. The Eagles finished 2-4-1 in the OCC-Capital won by Olentangy Orange (7-0).

Oct. 16 — Tied Granville 1-all

Last Saturday — Defeated Hilliard Davidson 4-3 in a shootout in a Division I second-round district tournament game

Last Wednesday — Played Westerville Central in a district semifinal. The winner advanced to play either Pickerington North or Dublin Jerome in the final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westerville Central. The district champion plays in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dublin Coffman.

Of note: The Eagles were 6-7-4 overall before last Wednesday.


*Oct. 12 — Def. Mount Vernon 3-0. The Eagles finished 7-0 in the OCC-Capital to win their second consecutive outright title.

Oct. 14 — Tied Watterson 0-all

Oct. 16 — Def. Granville 1-0. Jordyn Albritton scored for the Eagles in the first half.

Oct. 19 — Def. Beechcroft 9-0 in a Division I first-round tournament game. Albritton scored twice while seven other players contributed goals. Goalkeeper Meghan Jayes posted her 16th shutout.

Oct. 21 — Lost to Dublin Jerome 1-0 in second round

Of note: The Eagles finished 15-1-2 overall.

*OCC-Capital match