The Watterson High School girls soccer team beat Dublin Scioto 1-0 in a Division I district final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville South after outscoring the Irish 3-2 on penalty kicks.

The Watterson High School girls soccer team beat Dublin Scioto 1-0 in a Division I district final Saturday, Oct. 29, at Westerville South after outscoring the Irish 3-2 on penalty kicks.

The Eagles improved to 10-5-4 and captured their first district title since 2008. Sixth-seeded Scioto finished 14-3-2.

"We have a young team and this was supposed to be sort of a rebuilding year," said Eagles coach Alyx Portier, whose team will play Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Coffman. "We played a really tough schedule and I don't think our record shows how good we played. We just keep fighting and gutting these games out until the very end."

The Eagles had the better of play throughout most of the second half and first overtime, but Scioto goalkeeper Anna Buhigas had four saves in the second half and two more in the first overtime.

The Irish had the better of play in the second overtime, but Watterson goalie McKenna Pitman made saves on point-blank shots by Mackenzie Williams and Elise Jones to keep the game scoreless.

Scioto defender Kelsey Diewald also headed the ball off the crossbar in the second overtime.

"Both teams had some good opportunities to end the game before it went to penalty kicks, but our defenses and goalkeepers both made some good plays," Scioto coach Chris Adams said.

Buhigas scored on Scioto's second penalty kick to make it 1-0, but Watterson's Ellie Gantz answered with a goal.

Summer Cartwright scored on Scioto's fourth penalty kick to make it 2-1, but Kathryn Sullivan answered for Watterson.

Pitman and Buhigas each made saves in the fifth round of penalty kicks.

"I was really nervous, but I trained for this the entire season and I was ready," Pitman said.

In the sixth round, Pitman made a diving save to her right on a shot by Cori Piatka, and Watterson defender Andrea Regrut scored to end the game.

"I just tried to think about practice and I knew I could do it," Regrut said. "This championship means a lot to us, because we've been through a really hard season and we never gave up on each other."