The DeSales High School girls soccer team defeated Granville 1-0 in the Division II district final on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wellington to win its first district championship since 2002 when it was in Division I.

The DeSales High School girls soccer team defeated Granville 1-0 in the Division II district final on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wellington to win its first district championship since 2002 when it was in Division I.

The top-seeded Stallions, who dropped to Division II this season, improved to 14-4-2 and advanced to play Chillicothe or Chillicothe Unioto in a regional semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Upper Arlington. The regional final is Nov. 5 at Zanesville.

The third seed, Granville finished 15-5.

Junior Alvi Shively scored the lone goal on a header off a free kick by senior Lindsey Bowman just outside the box with about 27 minutes left in the first half.

Senior Megan McCabe, who was awarded the free kick after being taken down by a Granville player, knew that the free kick would be a good opportunity to score.

"The girl fouled me and I knew to stay down," McCabe said. "Lindsey set it up and then crossed it and the score was great, just great. ... (Winning the district title) feels awesome. We've worked really hard for this. We deserve it."

DeSales coach Bob McGee said his team scores a high percentage of its goals off set plays.

"We get a lot of goals off our set plays," McGee said. "You really have to give Granville the credit for not giving us too many (set plays). We didn't have any of those opportunities in the second half and they only allowed us three in the first."

With less than a minute to go in the game, Granville had one final opportunity to score but overshot the net.

"We have a pretty good defense and after about 10 minutes left to go in the game, I wasn't too worried," McGee said. "But earlier in the game I had a couple scares."

Granville coach Bobbi Seidell acknowledged how talented DeSales is but was pleased with the effort put forth by her team.

"We knew what DeSales would try to do," Seidell said. "They have some excellent skills players. Our girls worked really hard and we tried to make combination passes. We knew we wouldn't have that many opportunities to score and it wasn't in the cards for us today. This is the farthest that a Grandville team has ever gotten and I'm proud of my team."