The Pickerington High School North boys soccer team may be getting healthy at the right time.

The Pickerington High School North boys soccer team may be getting healthy at the right time.

Last Saturday in a 1-0 win over Worthington Kilbourne, the Panthers welcomed the return of Keegan Ross, a senior forward who led the team in scoring last season with 13 goals and two assists. The first-team all-district and all-league player broke a bone in his foot during summer club season.

"Keegan hasn't played all season, so we had to limit the number of minutes he played, but we tried to play him as much as possible," coach Darrin Monhollen said. "Having him back gives us a little shot in the arm as far as our confidence standpoint. He's an offensive threat and he is just so natural with his scoring ability. He's someone the opponents always have to keep watching."

Senior midfielder Nick Justus scored the goal against Kilbourne and junior goalkeeper Colin Beemiller had one save.

Despite getting Ross back, the Panthers are still without senior midfielder Jared Haggit, who suffered a hip injury during summer club soccer.

"I just wish Jared Haggit could be out there with (Ross) because he's been such an important member of this team for the past few years," said Monhollen, whose team was seeded 10th in the district and had an first-round bye. "The kids have played all season without those two and to get one of them back at this time of year is great. Very few people have the chance to add such a quality player to their lineup at the end of the season like we've been able to do."

The Panthers played last Wednesday against fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto in a district semifinal. The winner will play at noon Saturday in a district final at Upper Arlington against fourth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or 12th-seeded Thomas Worthington. Before last Wednesday, the Wildcats were 13-2-2 and Thomas was 8-6-3.

North lost to Thomas 4-3 on Oct. 17. Justus, Pat Lynch and Sean O'Neill all scored and Beemiller had eight saves. The Panthers did not play Davidson this season.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Dublin Coffman against Gahanna, Hilliard Darby, Coffman or New Albany. The regional championship is at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at Scioto.

Also in regular-season play, the Panthers lost to Big Walnut 1-0 on Oct. 13. Beemiller had seven saves.

•The North girls team was 13-2-2 overall before playing 11th-seeded Scioto last Tuesday in a district semifinal.

The winner will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grandview against fourth-seeded Olentangy Liberty or eighth-seeded Westerville North. Before last Tuesday, the Patriots were 13-2-1 overall and the Warriors were 11-3-3.

The Panthers did not play either team this season.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at UA against Coffman, Gahanna, Watterson or Dublin Jerome. The regional final will be at noon Nov. 7 at Scioto.

The Panthers were seeded third for the district tournament and had a first-round bye. They reached the semifinal by beating Olentangy 1-0 in the second round Oct. 22. Abby Fannin scored and Allyson Baldwin had two saves.

North closed the regular season by beating Big Walnut 3-0 on Oct. 3 and Kilbourne 2-0 on Oct. 19. Fannin, Morgan Hendrickson and Zena Kolliesuah all scored against Big Walnut. Baldwin and Heather Laeufer both had three saves. Kolliesuah and Courtney Potts scored against Olentangy. Baldwin had four saves and Laeufer had two.

•The Central boys team was 8-6-3 overall after defeating Marysville 2-1 last Monday in the second round of the district tournament. The game was postponed last Saturday because of poor field conditions.

The Tigers advanced to a district semifinal last Wednesday when they played seventh-seeded Jerome. That winner will play at noon Saturday in a district final at Jerome against third-seeded Liberty or 11th-seeded UA. The Patriots were 13-2-1 and UA was 9-5-3 before last Wednesday. Central did not play either team this season.

The district champion will play in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Coffman against Olentangy Orange, Lancaster, Westerville North, Westerville Central or Westerville South. The regional championship is 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at Scioto.

The Tigers finished the regular season with a win and a tie. They tied Reynoldsburg at 1 on Oct. 13 in the OCC-Ohio Division finale. Tony Grozdanovski scored and Mason Roese had four saves.

On Oct. 15, the Tigers beat Whetstone 3-0 as Grozdanovski, Brandon Koch and Travis Peraza scored. Roese had three saves.

•The Central girls team finished 6-10-2 overall after falling to seventh-seeded Jerome 3-0 in the second round of the postseason.

The Tigers beat Teays Valley 1-0 in overtime in the opening round. Freshman forward Sam Gengler scored the winner. Senior goalkeeper Kristina Massie had six saves.

"We moved Sam Gengler up from the j.v. team with a couple of games left in the season and she had the 'golden goal' against Teays Valley," said third-year coach Angie Pinion said. "Sam is one of several young players who have played well."

Sophomore midfielder Bailey Domer led the Tigers with 10 goals and four assists and sophomore Torrie Marshall added eight goals. Junior forward Alli Hammond added five goals.

Central will lose eight seniors, including midfielder Kaitlin Peters, who scored three goals. Other seniors on the roster were goalkeeper Theresa Abbarno, defender Jennifer Hewitt, midfielder Jenny Kuzmic, Massie, defender Haley Nieman, defender Nikki Slattery and midfielder Jordan Wyrick.

Abbarno had seven saves in the loss to Jerome.

"We talked after the game with Jerome that we were going to have some big shoes to fill with the senior class," said Pinion, whose team was 3-2-1 in the OCC-Ohio to finish third behind North (6-0) and Gahanna (5-1) and ahead of Newark (2-3-2), Reynoldsburg (1-3-2), Lancaster (1-4-1) and Groveport (0-6). "They were great leaders on the field and their personalities helped to make this team like a little family. It will be a lot different next year without these seniors."

The Tigers split in their final two regular-season games. They downed Reynoldsburg 3-1 in the league finale Oct. 13 as Domer, Hammond and Marshall all scored. Massie had eight saves.

On Oct. 15, Central lost to Watterson 5-1. Marshall scored and Massie had 14 saves.

Expected to return next season are juniors Hammond, Sara Martin (defender) and Kathryn Oehlman (defender) as well as sophomores Domer, Hannah Dittoe (goalkeeper), Jocelyn Henry (defender), McKenzie Marinello (midfielder), Marshall and Mallory Wyrick (midfielder). Also expected back are freshmen Gengler, Amy Hawley (midfielder) and Jordan Lewis (defender).

North's Nick Justus passes against Gahanna on Sept. 22. Last Saturday, he scored as North beat Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

At a glance


•Record: 6-10-2 overall, 3-2-1 (third) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Theresa Abbarno, Jennifer Hewitt, Jenny Kuzmic, Kristina Massie, Haley Nieman, Kaitlin Peters, Nikki Slattery and Jordan Wyrick.

•Key returnees: Bailey Domer, Hannah Dittoe, Alli Hammond, Torrie Marshall and Sara Martin