Charlie Breyfogle scored the biggest goal since 2013 for the Bexley High School boys soccer team, but the sophomore forward didn’t think the ball was going to find the back of the net.
Breyfogle scored the game-winner for the third-seeded Lions in a 1-0 win over seventh-seeded Olentangy Berlin in a Division II district final Oct. 27 at Wellington.
It was Bexley’s first district championship since 2013, when it defeated Big Walnut 2-0 in the final.
“I didn’t think it was going in, but it hit the right post and went in,” Breyfogle said. “Miles Goldman gave me a great pass. It’s a spectacular feeling to be a sophomore and score the winning goal in a district final. It’s something else.”
Bexley improved to 13-6 and advanced to play Cincinnati McNicholas in a regional semifinal Oct. 31 at London. The Rockets were 8-10-2, having defeated Kettering Alter 1-0 (shootout) in their district final.
The winner advanced to a regional final Saturday, Nov. 3, at a neutral site to be determined against Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Tipp City Tippecanoe. Summit Country Day won the last three Division III state championships.
The regional champion plays in a state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a neutral site against Albany Alexander, Athens, Warsaw River View or DeSales, which is tied atop the state poll with Bay Village Bay. The Lions defeated River View 1-0 on Sept. 29.
“The guys didn’t believe that they could do it when we had our first tournament game,” 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.”
Junior goalkeeper Ben Ziegler had seven saves in the district final.
“We had planned for our forwards to kind of move around and connect more than they had before,” Breyfogle said. “We stuck to that the whole game … (but) I think we came out a little slow. Once we realized we were in a district final, we picked up our intensity and it showed.”
The Lions defeated fifth-seeded Granville 3-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 24 at home. Breyfogle, Goldman and Will Talbott scored, and Ziegler had five saves.
Cross country teams advance to state meet
The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the Division II state meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.
The boys advanced by finishing fifth (172 points) in the regional Oct. 27 at Pickerington North, behind champion Heath (64), as senior Nicholas Hall (25th, 17 minutes, 7.5 seconds) and junior Miles Feinknopf (27th, 17:17.0) led the way.
“It was very close to being my best race,” said Hall, who ran 17:01.9 at district Oct. 20 at Hilliard Darby. “I cramped up at the end. I was really shooting to beat 17 (minutes).”
Also competing were senior Theo Snowdon (31st, 17:21.3), junior Dylan Abel (72nd, 17:56.1), sophomore Elliot Roe (76th, 17:57.7), freshman Miller MacDonald (86th, 18:06.0) and sophomore Spencer Stevenson (107th, 18:24.9).
Led by freshman Claire MacDonald (ninth, 19:50.6), the girls advanced by placing sixth (166) behind champion Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley (89).
Sophomore Maria Steinke (29th, 20:29.9) was next, followed by sophomores Kayleigh Place (48th, 21:02.3), Hannah Hayden (51st, 21:05.7) and Ally Grieshop (59th, 21:18.65), senior Anna Politi (74th, 21:42.0) and junior Ella Hayden (107th, 22:46.6).
“The course was mucky because of the weather,” coach Eric Acton said. “We ran in some muddy races this year like at Watkins (Memorial on Sept. 8 in the McGowan Invitational). We wanted to be ready for any conditions we might be up against.”
In the regional boys meet, the top seven teams advanced to state. In the girls meet, the top six teams moved on.
Field hockey team falls to top seed
The field hockey team finished 10-9 overall, losing at top-seeded Columbus Academy 12-0 in a district semifinal Oct. 23.
Freshman goalie Sally Sauer had 13 saves for the ninth-seeded Lions to finish the season with 129.
Bexley finished sixth (3-5) in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-East Division behind champion Academy (8-0).
Senior forward Maddy Vincent (second-team all-league) led the Lions with 15 goals, and senior forward Meredith Eddy and sophomore midfielder/defender Phoebe Snowdon both scored five goals. Senior defender Ailbhe McCann (honorable mention all-league) had four goals, and sophomore forward/midfielders Audra Fleming and Eimear McCann both scored twice.
Football team falls to Silver Knights
The football team finished 1-9, losing the season finale to visiting Ready 24-3 on Oct. 26.
The Lions had 107 total yards. Quarterback Anthony Welsh led the way with 78 yards rushing on 18 carries, and he was 3-for-14 passing for 34 yards.
Zack Welz had two receptions for 30 yards. Ted Schoedinger kicked a 36-yard field goal.
Defensively, Grant Sheridan had 12 tackles and Welsh had eight tackles and an interception.
Bexley went 0-10 last season.