The New Albany High School girls soccer team played much better at home during the regular season, as it went 6-1-2 on its field and 2-4-1 in road games.

The New Albany High School girls soccer team played much better at home during the regular season, as it went 6-1-2 on its field and 2-4-1 in road games.

Therefore, the Eagles initially were discouraged when their Division I district tournament opener against Westerville South on Oct. 20 was moved to the Wildcats' turf field after two days of rain left New Albany's grass field unplayable.

The two squads had played to a scoreless tie at South on Sept. 10.

"We were nervous because we've played so much better on our field all year and we tied Westerville South on their field earlier in the year," junior center midfielder/forward Emily Makowski said. "We practice on grass and we have a good pregame routine at home. We know our own field so much better and just play better there."

Yet, the 11th-seeded Eagles found a way to win on the road when it mattered most, as they beat the Wildcats 1-0 in overtime to improve to 9-5-3.

"It feels good to win a tournament game on the road and put that ghost to rest," coach Chad Schuler said. "We always like to play at home, but after a 20-minute discussion, we decided there were more pros than cons when it came to playing (at South on Oct. 20) compared to waiting until (Oct. 22) to see what kind of shape our field is in and then possibly playing (at South) anyway. Playing on turf is a warm-up for later in the tournament, and winning away from home is a confidence boost as well."

Goalkeeper Meghan Jayes made a save on a point-blank shot by Casey Kusan with 10 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the game scoreless.

South goalie Cara Calland also made a difficult save on a shot by Megan Glass to keep the game scoreless, shortly before New Albany center midfielder Danielle Dixson shot the ball off the right post with 50 seconds left in regulation.

One minute into overtime, defender Delany Barrett stopped the ball from crossing New Albany's goal line on a shot that got past Jayes.

Three minutes later, Makowski received a pass from forward Morgan Morai, beat a defender and blasted a shot that went through Calland's outstretched hands and into the upper-right corner of the net.

"That's the first overtime goal of my career," Makowski said. "I've thought about scoring in that situation a lot, so it was nice to get a chance and to finish it. I just took it past one of their girls, saw an open spot and put it there."

The Eagles played host to 12th-seeded Olentangy Orange in a semifinal Oct. 25. The winner will play top-seeded Dublin Jerome or Upper Arlington in the final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Thomas Worthington.

The Celtics, who are led by junior forward Lindsay Agnew and senior midfielder Courtney Kobashigawa, beat Westland 10-0 on Oct. 20 to improve to 15-1-1 before playing UA in a semifinal Oct. 25.

The Golden Bears, who are led by senior forward Carey Allen and senior midfielder Eileen Saunders, defeated Watkins Memorial 3-2 on Oct. 20 to improve to 5-11-2 before playing Jerome.

The district champion will face fourth-seeded Gahanna, fifth-seeded Hilliard Davidson, 10th-seeded Westerville North or Pickerington Central in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Dublin Scioto.

Last year, eighth-seeded New Albany was upset by 12th-seeded Jerome 1-0 in the second round of the district tournament.

The Eagles beat Central 5-3 on Sept. 22.

"To keep winning in the tournament, we need to be more proactive by anticipating and making plays, instead of being reactive," Schuler said. "That's how we played in the second half (against South) and that's how we won (that) game."

•The boys team lost to Olentangy 2-1 (5-4 on penalty kicks) in its Division I district tournament opener Oct. 22 at home.

After the Braves took a 1-0 halftime lead, Tyler Washington scored his team-high 15th goal of the season on a header off a corner kick by Nathan Loos with 25 minutes left in the second half.

Neither team scored through the remainder of regulation or two overtime periods.

Alek Buck, Tristan Lyles, Loos and Washington scored on penalty kicks and Anthony Flowers saved two penalty-kick opportunities, but the Braves scored on five of seven penalty kicks to win.

"We had our opportunities to win the game before penalty kicks, but things just didn't go our way this season," said Washington, whose team finished 5-7-5.