Trailing eighth-seeded Westerville Central 1-0 at halftime, Olentangy Liberty High School boys soccer coach Marc D’Auteuil challenged his players.
The top-seeded Patriots responded by scoring six unanswered goals to win 6-1 in a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Hartley.
“The first half, our effort was not where it needed to be,” D’Auteuil said. “We challenged the kids at halftime and said whatever happens in the second half, we’re going to go down fighting. Getting two quick (goals in the second half) really changed the momentum of the game. It took a lot out of (Central). I’m just happy with how we responded. We scored some good goals. That’s a good team.”
Liberty improved to 16-2 and advanced to play Pickerington North in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Dublin Jerome, while Central finished 12-4-4.
Blake Barna scored with 29 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Warhawks the lead.
Liberty answered with two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to take the lead for good. Ash Rajmohan tied the game at 1 with 35:32 remaining and Jagger Brooker scored the go-ahead goal with 30:39 left.
The Patriots tacked on four goals in the final 14:27 to secure the title.
Central goalkeeper Jacob Borcila kept the Warhawks close for most of the game, finishing with 13 saves. Theran Handlon had six saves for Liberty.
Pickerington North 2, Olentangy 0
The fourth-seeded Panthers finally won their first district championship, using goals by Reece Allbaugh and Brayden Durbin to defeat the sixth-seeded Braves in a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Grandview.
Durbin, an Ohio State commit, scored midway through the first half and Allbaugh added an insurance goal with 12 minutes to go.
North improved to 18-1 and will play Liberty in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Jerome.
“It’s exciting for us,” Panthers coach Darrin Monhollen said. “We faced some adversity, but it was nice to get that second goal. We came out strong and very organized against a good team. We’re pleased to move on. A district championship is quite an accomplishment.”
Panthers goalie Cory Pulles made 10 saves.
Grant Robinson made six saves for Olentangy, which finished 13-5-2.
Dublin Coffman 3, Dublin Jerome 1
The fifth-seeded Shamrocks rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the 11th-seeded Celtics in a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Westerville South.
Coffman, which won its eighth consecutive district title, improved to 14-2-3 and advanced to play St. Charles in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Westerville Central. Jerome, which had tied the Shamrocks at 1 on Oct. 4, finished 8-5-5.
“The first half, they sure outplayed us and we were a little lucky to go into the half 1-1 and not be down,” said Coffman coach Brian Stoddard, whose team beat Jerome 5-0 in a regional final last season. “We made some adjustments at halftime and in the second half I thought we created a lot of opportunities.”
After Young Mu Lee gave Jerome a 1-0 lead with 14:25 left in the first half, Coffman’s Connor DesRoches scored shortly before halftime to tie the game.
With DesRoches on the bench for part of the second half with a back injury, Troy McConnaughey moved from defender to the wing position and scored the game-winner with nine minutes remaining.
David Urrea Partida scored the final goal for the Shamrocks.
“It was a good game, typical Coffman-Jerome,” Celtics coach Nate Maust said. “We had our chances in the first half, and in the second half, they found ways to get momentum.”
St. Charles 2, Dublin Scioto 0
The third-seeded Cardinals advanced to a Division I regional semifinal for the first time in two years by defeating the 20th-seeded Irish in a district final Oct. 27 at Hartley.
St. Charles, which was state runner-up to Cleveland St. Ignatius in 2016, improved to 14-3-2 and advanced to play Coffman in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Westerville Central. Scioto finished 9-6-4.
“Top to bottom, position by position, we have more talent (than our 2016 team),” St. Charles coach Chris Vonau said. “Leadership is emerging at the right time. We have a lot still yet to prove and a lot we still have to work for, but we have guys who are leaders and born to be that and they’re starting to realize it.”
The Cardinals took control early against Scioto as Christian Buendia scored 2 minutes, 2 seconds into the game. Will Byorth closed the scoring with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
St. Charles goalie Joseph Marchionda and Scioto goalie Ben Bolyard both had six saves.
—Frank DiRennaDivision II
Bexley 1, Olentangy Berlin 0
The third-seeded Lions won their first district championship since 2013 by defeating the seventh-seeded Bears in a Division II district final Oct. 27 at Wellington.
Bexley improved to 13-6 and advanced to play Cincinnati McNicholas in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at London. The Rockets defeated Kettering Alter 1-0 in a shootout in their district final Oct. 25 to improve to 8-10-2.
“The guys didn’t believe that they could do it when we had our first tournament game,” Bexley coach Jay Scott said of a 5-0 win over 10th-seeded Centennial in the second round Oct. 20. “Now they have seen what they can do and they are firing at the right time.”
Bexley’s Charlie Breyfogle scored an unassisted goal midway through the second half and goalie Ben Ziegler had seven saves.
Goalie Ethan Hegg had 15 saves for Berlin, a first-year program that finished 7-9-4.
“Being here against a great Bexley team is a privilege for a young team like us,” Bears coach Josh Diehl said. “Our team is filled with sophomores and juniors and I’m confident that they can come back strong next year.”
DeSales 5, Bloom-Carroll 0
Mike Cockerell’s two goals powered the top-seeded Stallions to a win over the fourth-seeded Bulldogs in a Division II district final Oct. 27 at Wellington.
Cristian Gomez and Cesar Ramirez each added a goal for DeSales, which also benefited from an own goal.
The Stallions improved to 16-3 and advanced to play Warsaw River View in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Coshocton.
—Dave PurpuraDivision III
Grandview 2, Johnstown 0
The top-seeded Bobcats won their fifth consecutive district championship by defeating the third-seeded Johnnies in a Division III district final Oct. 27 at Dublin Jerome.
Grandview improved to 14-2-3 and advanced to play Wellington in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Gahanna.
Manny Day and Ross Day scored for the Bobcats and goalie Lance Trares had four saves.
“I think having a goal scorer like Manny up top and when we get him the ball, he’s going to do big things,” Grandview defender Sam Freeman said. “Our defense and midfield have really transformed into a solid team unit and we’re playing our best right now.”
Goalie Mason Cannon had 13 saves for Johnstown, which finished 14-4-2.
Wellington 1, Worthington Christian 0
Katz Kadlic scored with less than two minutes remaining to lift the second-seeded Jaguars past the fifth-seeded Warriors in a Division III district final Oct. 27 at Westerville North.
The contest was a rematch of a district final last season that Wellington lost by the same score.
“Ahmet Ozer took the corner kick and I tracked it through the air and I headed it past the keeper,” Kadlic said. “I haven’t scored much this year, but this one certainly came at a good time.”
Wellington improved to 14-4-1 and will play Grandview in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Gahanna, while Worthington Christian finished 9-8-2.