The Dublin Jerome High School girls soccer team didn't panic when it was trailing by a goal late in regulation of a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Westerville South.

Instead, according to junior forward Sophie Magilligan, the Celtics kept an eye on the big picture.

"We all just didn't want to lose this for our seniors," Magilligan said. "We love our senior class and we knew we couldn't lose this game."

The third-seeded Celtics tied 12th-seeded Hilliard Darby on a goal by Riley Mullady with 1 minute, 22 seconds left in regulation and Magilligan headed in the game-winning goal with 9:39 left in the second overtime for a 3-2 victory.

Both goals came after corner kicks.

The victory gave Jerome a third consecutive district title, sending the Celtics to a regional semifinal against Watterson on Oct. 30 at Westerville Central.

Watterson was the district's top seed.

"We're excited about (winning a district title)," coach Kelly Brothers said. "It's another goal met for the season. They've been here before and know what you have to do to win a tournament game, and sometimes it's scoring in the last couple seconds.

"When they came off after regulation, we talked about getting end line and getting some corner kick opportunities because we're pretty successful when we have corners. Any time we get into that situation, I'm always pretty hopeful. But that was clear as day, Sophie all by herself to pop it in."

Jerome, which beat 16th-seeded Olentangy Liberty 4-2 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 in a rematch of a game the Patriots won 2-0 in a regional final last season, was 15-3-1 before playing Watterson.

The winner plays Pickerington North or Olentangy in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 3, at a neutral site. The regional champion faces Beavercreek, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, Mason or Loveland in a state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 6, at a neutral site. The state final is Nov. 9 at Mapfre Stadium.

Cook again to run at state meet

The Division I regional meet may have provided a beneficial experience for junior Elliott Cook of the boys cross country team.

Already a two-time state qualifier who finished 43rd at state last fall, Cook battled through muddy and wet conditions Oct. 27 at Pickerington North to earn a regional runner-up finish in 16:02.

At regional, the top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to state Saturday, Nov. 3, at National Trail Raceway.

"When you go on the hills before the second mile (at North), those hills were tough, and that combined with the mud, endurance-wise it wasn't too bad. But my legs were so tight and my arms were so tight," Cook said. "Going into the state meet, it could be like this, for all we know. I'll have to mentally prepare myself and get used to races like this."

Cook finished just ahead of Hilliard Davidson's Conner Johanssen (16:02.8) and New Philadelphia's Aidan Harr (16:03.4) after battling for position with them. North's Matt Duvall finished first (15:54.6).

"I was back in fourth for the majority of the race," Cook said. "(Johanssen, Harr and I) kind of traded off, and going into the woods I caught the New Philadelphia kid with about 100 meters left. It was a good race. I was happy with that, and I think I'm ready (for state)."

Also competing at regional was junior Arjun Dhankani, who finished 26th (16:57.3). He was about 19 seconds behind the final individual state qualifier.

The girls team finished 17th (402 points) of 17 teams at regional, behind champion Davidson (38).

Cook's sister, freshman Audrey Cook, led the Celtics with a 61st-place finish (20:57.9). She was followed by Ava DiMasi (66th, 21:09.1), Lauren Metzger (102nd, 21:55.2), Abby Lenz (118th, 22:23.4), Manaka Yamaucki (121st, 22:33), Madison Weigle (122nd, 22:43.3) and Kelly McLoughlin (127th, 23:06.9).

Boys soccer team falls to Shamrocks

The boys soccer team fell one win shy of its fourth consecutive district championship.

The 11th-seeded Celtics lost 3-1 to fifth-seeded Coffman in a Division I district final Oct. 27 at Westerville South to finish 9-6-5.

Jerome, which had tied Coffman at 1 on Oct. 4, upset second-seeded New Albany 2-1 in a shootout in a district semifinal Oct. 24 to set up the rematch with the Shamrocks.

"It was a good game, typical Coffman-Jerome," coach Nate Maust said. "We had our chances in the first half and just didn't put them away. They found ways to get momentum and those things mentally get to you, but this team's been resilient. The fact we had the up-and-down season we had and to get to a district final and knock off in my opinion one of the best teams in the state in New Albany, that game takes a lot out of you. That's tough to play a team like New Albany be able to find the same level."

Junior midfielder Young Mu Lee scored in the tournament loss to Coffman. Other key players expected to return are juniors Jacsen Luthy (defender), Connor Moser (defender), Vishal Kumar (midfielder), Erich Sunderhaus (midfielder), Tony Yang (forward), Manual Morales (forward) and Tyler Dring (forward) and sophomores Nitin Sanga (goalkeeper) and Simon Cole (forward).

Others eligible to return include sophomores Arvin Alam (forward), Nicholas Campagni (defender), Devin Howard (defender) and Charlie Kane (midfielder).

"We'll have to replace one starter," Maust said. "We had a good group of seniors. There were only (three) of them, but we'll miss them."

Volleyball team made big strides

After going 10-14 a season ago, the girls volleyball team improved to 16-9 this fall and made it one step further in the postseason.

The 12th-seeded Celtics lost to third-seeded Olentangy 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 23 at Whitehall.

Jerome is losing five seniors in Rylee Cutlip (setter), Lauren Gilbert (defensive specialist/outside hitter), Ria Jotsinghani (defensive specialist/outside hitter), Kendall Poach (middle hitter) and Shefali Srinivasan (setter).

Gilbert finished second on the team in kills (220) and Poach was third in kills (189), with Srinivasan leading in serving aces (66), Poach leading in blocks (20) and Gilbert and Jotsinghani each finishing second in digs (184). Srinivasan led in assists (510).

Sophomore Jaci Carpenter (outside hitter/middle hitter) led in both kills (276) and digs (185) and junior Kylie Carpenter (defensive specialist) was among the team leaders in digs (142).

Others eligible to return include juniors Olivia Chandler (defensive specialist), Tess Hollern (right-side hitter/outside hitter), Jenn Lee (defensive specialist), Katie McKibben (outside hitter), Isabella Palmer (right-side hitter/outside hitter) and Claudia Van Huffel (middle hitter/outside hitter), sophomore Grace Schleter (outside hitter/right-side hitter) and freshmen Paige Wleklinski (middle hitter) and Caroline Zimovan (outside hitter).