Having not won a league championship in 15 years before last season, not to mention never having won a district title, the Olentangy High School girls soccer team could have claimed to be a relatively unknown commodity.

Having not won a league championship in 15 years before last season, not to mention never having won a district title, the Olentangy High School girls soccer team could have claimed to be a relatively unknown commodity.

The Braves couldn't claim the same thing this season, as they repeated as OCC-Capital Division champions, but they still could have been considered an underdog entering their Division I district final against Dublin Coffman on Oct. 31 at Westerville South.

Olentangy blew that out of the water, too, as Abby Miller's goal with 3 minutes, 58 seconds to play in the first overtime lifted the 11th-seeded Braves to a 2-1 win over the third-seeded Shamrocks.

"To do this back-to-back years, it's huge," coach Megan Kirsten said. "We lost a lot of girls last year that were some scorers for us. We lost a lot of key players and these girls really stepped it up and said we're going to do it, too. They learned a lot and they worked really hard this season."

Ireland Fallona scored in the first half for the Braves, and Coffman tied it on a second-half goal by Sophia Bingaman. Olentangy goalkeeper Kelsey Hill made six saves as the Braves improved to 13-4-2.

The win also avenged a 2-0 loss to Coffman in a regional final last year.

"Coffman is a great team. We're kind of glad we don't play them during (the regular) season," Kirsten said. "We came out strong because our girls wanted it. We knew that one goal wasn't going to win it, so at halftime we said (they had) to come out intense. You can't come out thinking that we (had) won this game already, so we weren't surprised that it went into overtime."

Olentangy advanced to the district final with a 1-0 win over visiting and 20th-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a semifinal Oct. 27. Stephanie Burzynski scored on a penalty kick, and Hill made six saves.

The Braves played Pickerington North in a regional semifinal Nov. 3 at Gahanna. The winner plays Liberty or Upper Arlington in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 7, at Westerville Central, and the regional champion plays Centerville, Cincinnati Turpin, Loveland or Springboro in a state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 10, at a neutral site to be determined.

The semifinal winner advances to the state final Nov. 13 at Mapfre Stadium.

Of those teams, Olentangy lost to Liberty 4-1 on Oct. 1 and fell to North 3-0 on Sept. 26.

Sensky goal sends Patriots to regional

That Liberty's girls won their second consecutive district championship followed the Patriots' script, but how that happened might not have been easy to predict.

Sophomore midfielder/defen-der Olivia Sensky, who entered a district final against Thomas Worthington on Oct. 31 with two goals and two assists all season, scored the winning goal eight minutes into overtime and the sixth-seeded Patriots edged the fourth-seeded Cardinals 3-2 at Westerville South.

"My eyes got pretty big. It was exciting," Sensky said. "I had taken shots before this game and they hadn't gone in. I guess I was waiting for it, but it felt good. I had some room to run onto it and just let it go, and I wasn't sure if it was going to get over (Thomas goalkeeper Kaylyn Schaffrenek)."

Abby Jones and Hailey Pickelheimer also scored for Liberty, which was 13-5-1 before playing UA in a regional semifinal Nov. 3 at Dublin Jerome. Goalie Emma Campbell made four saves.

The district final was the Patriots and Cardinals' second meeting in less than three weeks. On Oct. 13, Liberty finished off an unbeaten OCC-Central season with a 2-1 win at Thomas.

Liberty advanced to the district final with a 2-1 win over visiting and 12th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne 2-1 in a semifinal Oct. 27. Sarina Dirrig and Pickelheimer scored, and Campbell made two saves.

With another district title under their belt, the Patriots sought to make their first regional final. Last year, Liberty lost to Olentangy 1-0 in a regional semifinal.

Of its potential regional final opponents, Liberty lost to North 2-1 on Sept. 10.

Three area teams fall in district semis

Liberty's boys fell short of the state tournament for the first time since 2010, losing to visiting Westerville South 3-2 in two overtimes Oct. 28.

The Wildcats' Jason Himes scored the game-winning goal 4:53 into the second overtime to complete what, at least on paper, was a mild upset. South was seeded ninth, and Liberty was seeded seventh.

The Patriots finished 7-7-4.

Olentangy's boys team and Orange's girls also lost in closely contested district semifinals.

The 19th-seeded Braves took host and fourth-seeded Gahanna to overtime Oct. 28, but lost 2-1 on Jace Lukacsko's second goal of the game. Nick Conway scored for the Braves, and Collin Hoffmann made nine saves as Olentangy finished 6-9-2.

Orange's girls, who were seeded ninth, got goals from Camila Hall and Avery Lichtenburg in a 3-2 loss at seventh-seeded Hilliard Darby on Oct. 27. The Pioneers, who tied Olentangy for the OCC-Capital championship at 5-0-1, finished 10-5-3 overall.