The Columbus Academy girls soccer team captured its first district championship with a 3-2 win over Ready on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a Division III final at Hilliard Bradley.

The Columbus Academy girls soccer team captured its first district championship with a 3-2 win over Ready on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a Division III final at Hilliard Bradley.

Erin Simmons scored a pair of first-half goals and Katerina Weikert added a second-half goal for the Vikings, who improved to 17-1-1 and will play Middletown Fenwick on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in a regional semifinal at Bradley.

"This is the first district title for the girls program, so this is huge for us," coach Kelly Snead said. "We came out well in the first half and then we got a little flat. In the second half we missed five wide-open goals or we could have won by even more."

Simmons made it 1-0 four minutes into the game, and she gave her team a 2-0 lead midway through the first half. The Silver Knights made it 2-1 late in the first half on a goal by Ciara Carr.

Four minutes into the second half, Weikert took a pass from Annie Meachum and scored to put Academy ahead 3-1.

Caroline Riewe scored the final goal for Ready, which finished 7-7-3. It was the Silver Knights' first appearance in a district final.

"We asked them to leave it all on the field, and they did that," first-year coach Casey McKinney said. "We defended well and I thought we attacked them and actually outplayed them."