The New Albany High School boys soccer team fended off a few early challenges from Pickerington North early in their Division I district final Oct. 29 at Hartley, and did not spend a lot of time in front of its own net the rest of the night.

The New Albany High School boys soccer team fended off a few early challenges from Pickerington North early in their Division I district final Oct. 29 at Hartley, and did not spend a lot of time in front of its own net the rest of the night.

Storm Verheijen scored two goals, one from point-blank range and one on a free kick, and Riley Burtch added a goal as the fifth-seeded Eagles shut out the sixth-seeded Panthers 3-0.

"We had our game plan and it was nice to execute that plan," New Albany coach Johnny Ulry said. "We got a few goals early and that relieved some of the pressure off our defense. It made (North) force it and get out of what they wanted to do. That was the mindset. Defensively, we are really playing well right now."

Verheijen scored with 26 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half, and again on his free kick with 12:32 to go before halftime. Burtch scored 37.3 seconds before halftime, minutes after having a goal disallowed.

New Albany improved to 15-2-2 and advanced to play St. Charles in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Westerville Central, while North finished 15-3-1.

"We'd never gotten past this point in Division I, and it is a goal of ours to keep moving forward," Ulry said.

St. Charles 3, Hilliard Darby 0

Andrew Donley scored two goals to help lift top-seeded St. Charles past 11th-seeded Darby in a Division I district final Oct. 29 at Hartley.

The Cardinals, ranked second in the final state poll, improved to 18-0-1 and recorded their 15th shutout of the season. They advanced to play New Albany in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Westerville Central.

Charlie Marshall also scored for St. Charles and goalkeeper Chase Sanders had 10 saves.

Goalie Alex Botsko had nine saves for the Panthers, who finished 10-4-5.

-Scott Hennen

Dublin Coffman 4, Olentangy Orange 3

Luke Kiley scored two goals to help second-seeded Coffman beat 13th-seeded Orange in a Division I district final Oct. 29 at Westerville North.

Justin Eiterman and Matt Kiley also scored for the Shamrocks, who won their sixth consecutive district championship. Coffman improved to 16-1-2 and advanced to play Dublin Jerome in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Gahanna.

Brian Juttner, Sam Sarfo and Grant Simon scored for the Pioneers, who finished 7-11-1.

-Scott Hennen

Dublin Jerome 3, Hilliard Davidson 2

Taro Kimura scored two goals and Jacsen Luthy scored one as third-seeded Jerome edged 17th-seeded Davidson in a Division I district final Oct. 29 at Gahanna.

The Celtics improved to 14-5 and advanced to play Coffman in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Gahanna.

Tanner Montgomery scored both goals for the Wildcats, who finished 10-6-3.

Davidson was state runner-up last season.

-Frank DiRenna

Division II DeSales 5, Hamilton Township 1

Hector Gomez scored three goals as top-seeded DeSales broke a 1-all halftime tie and pulled away from fourth-seeded Hamilton Township in a Division II district final Oct. 29 at Gahanna.

Jonathan Giebler and Michael Zelina also scored for the Stallions, who improved to 16-0-3 and are seeking their third consecutive state championship.

DeSales will play Steubenville in a regional semifinalNov. 2at Zanesville.

-Dave Purpura

Beechcroft 2, Hartley 1

For the first time, a City League program has won a district championship.

Seventh-seeded Beechcroft got a pair of goals from Aziz Sanat, including the game-winner with 16 minutes remaining off a pass from Louie Gabianou, to beat third-seeded Hartley in a Division II district final Oct. 29 at Grandview.

Sanat's other goal was assisted by Salih Mohammed with 32 minutes remaining.

Mitchell Bergman gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first half off a pass from Justin Galant.

"This was the fourth opportunity a Columbus City school had been to a district final and we had not been successful before, so we talked a lot about having a lot of pride for the Columbus City League," coach Derek Hone said.

Beechcroft improved to 16-2 and advanced to play Tipp City Tippecanoe in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Xenia.

Hartley, which won its first district title a year ago, finished 13-5-1.

-Jarrod Ulrey

Division III Grandview 2, Worthington Christian 1

Breon Backus and Wes Ryan both scored as fifth-seeded Grandview upset top-seeded Worthington Christian in a Division III district final Oct. 29 at Orange to win its third consecutive district title.

Goalie Jake Kelley had three saves for the Bobcats, who improved to 11-4-4 and advanced to play Wellington in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Hilliard Bradley.

The Warriors finished 12-3-2.

-Scott Hennen

Wellington 1, Fairbanks 0

Sixth-seeded Wellington knocked off third-seeded Fairbanks in a Division III district final Oct. 29 at Westerville North.

The Jaguars' Danny Callanan scored during the first 10 minutes off a corner kick taken by Katz Kadlic.

Wellington improved to 10-6-3 and advanced to play Grandview in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 at Bradley. The Jaguars lost to the Bobcats 2-1 on Sept. 19.

"It's pretty cool," said Wellington coach J.J. Bain, who wasn't sure if the Jaguars have won a district title before. "Everybody was very happy."

-Jarrod Ulrey