The Olentangy Orange High School girls soccer team played with the right mentality, according to coach Jen Odebrecht, in a 2-0 victory over Hilliard Darby in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 20.

The Olentangy Orange High School girls soccer team played with the right mentality, according to coach Jen Odebrecht, in a 2-0 victory over Hilliard Darby in the second round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 20.

Emily Beaver scored and set up Stephanie Lewis for a goal.

"Going in the message was that they had to be relentless. The intensity and the high pressure had to be there. They absolutely did that," Odebrecht said. "The entire team played extremely well."

Orange is the only girls team from the school district to reach a district semifinal. Olentangy lost to Thomas Worthington 1-0 in the second round Oct. 20 after beating Delaware in the first round 2-1 on Oct. 18, while Liberty lost 4-3 in overtime to Pickerington Central in the second round Oct. 22.

All three boys teams reached a district semifinal. Liberty beat Columbus West 10-0 in the second round Oct. 22. Olentangy beat Grove City 2-0 in first round Oct. 19 and New Albany 2-1 (6-5 on penalty kicks) in the second round Oct. 22. Orange beat Delaware 1-0 in two overtimes in the second round Oct. 22.

Against Darby, the Orange girls used 18 players, substituting every 10 or 15 minutes. Odebrecht said she scouted the Panthers' 1-0 tournament win over Worthington Kilbourne on Oct. 18 and 19 and noticed a lack of substitutions by Darby.

Orange advanced to a district semifinal for the first time since 2008, when it was a Division II team. The Pioneers played New Albany on Oct. 25, with the winner advancing to play top-seeded Dublin Jerome or Upper Arlington in a district final at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Thomas.

The district champion plays Gahanna, Hilliard Davidson, Pickerington Central or Westerville North in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Dublin Scioto. Orange hasn't played any of those possible opponents.

•An 11-day layoff didn't seem to affect the fourth-seeded Liberty boys, who hadn't played since a 2-0 win over Westerville South on Oct. 11 before defeating West.

The Patriots had eight shutouts, including four consecutive shutouts, before taking on Pickerington North in a district semifinal Oct. 26.

The winner plays sixth-seeded Hilliard Bradley or Orange in a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville Central.

Liberty defeated Orange 2-0 in the Aug. 25 opener but has not played Bradley this season.

The district champion plays Gahanna, Kilbourne, Watkins Memorial or Westerville South in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Jerome.

In addition to beating South, Liberty tied Kilbourne at 1 on Sept. 1 but hasn't faced Watkins Memorial or Gahanna this season.

•The Orange boys, a state semifinalist a year ago, needed a goal from Alex Binger with 10 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the second overtime to beat Delaware and reach a district semifinal for the fourth consecutive season.

"I give a lot of credit to Delaware," coach Scott Bryant said. "That's the best I have seen them play since we've been at Orange. They made it hard for us to break through offensively."

The Pioneers faced Bradley, a team they tied at 1 on Oct. 4, in a district semifinal Oct. 26, with the winner playing Liberty or Pickerington North in a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville Central.

The district champion plays Gahanna, Kilbourne, Watkins Memorial or Westerville South in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Jerome.

In addition to playing Liberty, Orange defeated Watkins Memorial 4-1 on Sept. 20 and tied Kilbourne at 1 on Sept. 29, but has not played Gahanna or Westerville South.

The Pioneers defeated Gahanna 2-1 in a regional final last year and lost to the Lions 1-0 in a 2009 regional final.

•The Olentangy boys needed a dramatic finish against New Albany to advance in the tournament.

With the game tied at 1, the Braves and Eagles matched each other shot for shot in the first round of the shootout with Jon Bechtol, Austin Horton, Matt Burgin and Jon Martin all making penalty kicks for Olentangy.

Chase Parker scored on the Braves' first shot of the sudden-victory round. After teammate Tyler Spalt missed the second shot, goalkeeper Adam Miller made a save to prevent the Eagles from winning. Matt Cameron then made his penalty kick and Miller made another save to send the Braves to a district semifinal.

"During the tournament, we will take a win any way we can get it," coach Dave Sebek said. "Every time you win a game like this, it seems to bring the team closer together."

The Braves faced third-seeded Upper Arlington in a district semifinal Oct. 26, with the winner playing eighth-seeded Jerome or Westerville Central in a district final at noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wellington. The district champion plays Scioto, Coffman, Davidson or Westerville North in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Coffman.

Olentangy defeated North 2-1 on Oct. 11 but lost to Scioto 3-0 on Aug. 30, to Jerome 4-0 on Sept. 20 and to Central 2-0 on Sept. 27.

•The Liberty girls and Olentangy girls both lost one-goal games in the first round of the district tournament.

The Patriots outshot Pickerington Central 16-8 but hit the crossbar three times in their 4-3 loss.

The Braves gave up a goal in the first five minutes but nothing else in a 1-0 loss to Thomas.

"In the last 10 minutes of the game, we were all over them," Braves first-year coach Drew Zellers said. "I thought we could have put them away, but we didn't."

Olentangy, which lost to Thomas 1-0 on Aug. 25, is 1-5 against the Cardinals since 2006.

The Braves finished 9-8-1 for their first winning season since going 8-7-3 in 2007 and their first nine-win season since 2006.

Olentangy beat Liberty 1-0 on Sept. 12 and Orange 2-1 on Oct. 15.

"I'm so glad the girls got to achieve that kind of success," Zellers said. "In the preseason, I saw the work rate of the players and I thought this is a team that was going to do some stuff."

Olentangy tied Liberty for fifth in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 2-4-1 record, behind Jerome (7-0), Scioto (4-2-1), Westerville North (3-2-2) and Westerville Central (3-3-1) and ahead of Marysville (2-5) and Westerville South (1-4-2).

The Braves lose seniors Carmen Allen, Nicole Bean, Emily Bechtol, Bailey Endres, Jalene Pickett and Dominique Tirado.

Among the players expected to return next year are juniors Catie Crumb and Megan Landon and sophomore Allison Lowery at forward, junior Kate Huter at midfielder, junior Natasha Ustaszewski on defense and junior Bailey Hatch in goal. Lowery was the team's leading scorer with 10 goals.

Landon was first-team all-OCC-Cardinal and second-team all-district. Also receiving all-league honors were Crumb (second team), Lowery (special mention), Hatch (honorable mention) and Zellers, who was named the OCC-Cardinal Coach of the Year.