The Olentangy Liberty boys soccer team is heading to the Division I state tournament for the second consecutive season.
The Patriots defeated Worthington Kilbourne 5-0 in a regional final Nov. 2 at Olentangy to improve to 17-2-1. They will play Liberty Township Lakota East in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at a neutral site.
Kilbourne finished 17-1-3.
Liberty scored two goals during the game’s first 15 minutes against the Wolves, who had given up just one goal in their previous four postseason games combined and had allowed just 15 goals through their first 20 games this season.
“A quick start is huge in a game like that,” Patriots coach Marc D’Auteuil said. “When you’re playing a team that hasn’t been down much and scoring a goal a minute in and then getting a second one, it settles us down.”
Liberty opened the scoring 1 minute, 9 seconds into the game on a goal by Ludwig Conrad off a pass from Liam Garcia and made it 2-0 with 25:35 left in the first half on a goal by Jaggar Brooker.
In the second half, the Patriots increased their lead to 3-0 on a goal by Conrad following a throw-in by Parker Cameron with 26:10 remaining and got another goal 47 seconds later when Garcia scored off a pass from Conrad.
Liberty’s Nate Logozzo completed the scoring with 3:25 left.
Last season, the Patriots lost to Cincinnati Moeller 1-0 in overtime in a state semifinal.DIVISION II
Columbus Academy 2, Millersburg West Holmes 0
The Vikings earned their first state tournament berth since 1995 by shutting out West Holmes in a Division II regional final Nov. 2 at Stewart Field in Coshocton.
The Vikings improved to 13-3-5 and will play Tipp City Tippecanoe in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at a neutral site.
West Holmes finished 10-8-3.
“We’ve won nine district titles and this is the first time we’ve been able to advance in the regional (during my tenure),” said Ron Leach, who is in his 15th season as coach. “That’s been an issue. A lot of it, obviously, is who you play and how the seeding goes. This was a nice hurdle for us to overcome.”
Freshman Leo Kass scored off an assist from Sam Massick with about 18 minutes left in the first half. Massick added an insurance goal off an assist from Blake Chiovaro with 34:30 remaining in the game.
“We came out hard and had some chances,” Kass said. “It was great to put one in before (halftime).”
Academy goalkeeper Luke Budzik had two saves.
“We did what we needed to do,” Leach said. “Leo had a great game.”
In 1995, the Vikings won the Division II state championship, defeating Richfield Revere 3-2 in the final.
—Frank DiRennaDIVISION III
Wellington 5, South Webster 0
The Jaguars are heading to the Division III state tournament for the first time after routing South Webster in a regional final Nov. 2 at Chillicothe.
Wellington improved to 16-2-3 and will play Botkins in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at a neutral site. The Trojans beat Cincinnati Seven Hills 1-0 in a regional final Nov. 2 at Centerville to advance to state for the first time as well.
The Jaguars took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Freddie Lin off a pass from Jordan Livits with 17:34 left in the first half. Eli Dulle added a first-half goal off a pass from Ahmet Ozer for a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Livits scored two goals and Zak Ahmed scored one.
Botkins is 19-0-2 and has allowed seven goals all season. The Jaguars have outscored their five postseason opponents by a combined 32-0.