After surrendering just two goals in the previous seven games, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer team survived an offensive barrage to post a 5-4 victory over Hilliard Bradley in a Division I district final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville Central.

After surrendering just two goals in the previous seven games, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer team survived an offensive barrage to post a 5-4 victory over Hilliard Bradley in a Division I district final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville Central.

"I never envisioned all these goals," said Liberty junior Sam DeRoy, who scored two goals. "But we did what we needed to do."

The nine goals are the most scored in a Division I boys district final in the last 11 years.

The fourth-seeded Patriots improved to 13-2-3 and won their first district title after reaching a district final the past four years. They will play Worthington Kilbourne in a regional semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Dublin Jerome, with the winner advancing to the regional final Nov. 5 at Dublin Scioto.

Liberty and Kilbourne tied at 1 on Sept. 1.

The sixth seed, Bradley finished 13-3-3.

"I remember Kilbourne being strong," Liberty coach Rick Collins said. "It was a pretty even game. I don't think either team dominated play. We're both very different teams since we first played."

Liberty jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 28 minutes against Bradley. Austin King opened the scoring with 30 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first half and DeRoy scored at 22:50 and 11:25.

However, Bradley's Ben Fitzpatrick rifled a shot past Liberty goalkeeper Anderson deAndrade with 2:30 left in the first half. Then, with 1:15 left, Sam Darling was awarded a penalty kick after being taken down in the box. Spencer Gates took the penalty kick and scored to make it 3-2 at halftime.

"My halftime speech was Gahanna was up 2-0 (in another district final against Kilbourne) and completely in control but ended up losing 3-2 in overtime," Collins said. "We can't let them back into the game. We need to keep putting goals in."

Liberty's Jared Robinson scored with 32 minutes left to make it 4-2, but Darling scored with 28:20 left to make it 4-3.

Liberty's Zach Matheny scored with 23:09 left on a crossing shot from the left side of the field to make it 5-3. Defender A.G. Basiakos scored 18:25 left to pull Bradley within a goal again, but the Jaguars could not get the tying goal to force overtime.

"I think the soccer gods didn't favor us today," Darling said. "A lot of soccer is just dumb luck. Usually, four goals are enough. It's crazy because I really thought our defense played well."