Having patience paid off for the second-seeded Wellington School boys soccer team during a Division III district final against fifth-seeded Worthington Christian on Oct. 27 at Westerville North.
In a rematch of a district final the Jaguars lost last season when a penalty shot by the Warriors gave them a 1-0 victory, Wellington finally broke through with 1 minute, 32 seconds left to score the only goal of the game on a header by Katz Kadlic following a corner kick by Ahmet Ozer.
The 1-0 victory advanced the Jaguars to a regional semifinal Oct. 31 against Grandview.
"The goal was really solid and it came at just the right time," Kadlic said. "We'd maintained possession for the majority of the game but couldn't put away our chances, and overtime was on the horizon. Ahmet Ozer took the corner kick and I tracked it through the air and headed it past the keeper. I haven't scored much this year, but this one certainly came at a good time."
Wellington, which also beat the Warriors 3-2 on Aug. 21, was 14-4-1 before playing Grandview. The winner of that contest plays Berlin Hiland or South Webster in a regional final Saturday, Nov. 3, at a neutral site.
The regional champion plays Troy Christian, Miamisburg Dayton Christian, Cincinnati Madeira or Cincinnati Seven Hills in a state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 7, at a neutral site. The state final is Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
"It feels amazing to see how our determination and hard work has paid off," junior midfielder/forward Eli Dulle said. "We've spent months preparing ourselves for the tournament and finding a positive result is very fulfilling."
Wellington beat 10th-seeded Grove City Christian 2-1 in a district semifinal Oct. 23 at home as Henry Lin and Jordan Livits scored and goalkeeper J.R. O'Toole made one save.
O'Toole also had one save in the district final.
"It was a huge deal for our team to win another district championship," Kadlic said. "Last year, we played Worthington Christian in the district championship (game) just like this year, but we lost on an unfortunate penalty kick. We felt like we needed to work to get back to this point in order to prove to ourselves that we should be district champions. We had that as one of our goals from the beginning of the season and it was great to meet that."
Girls soccer season ends with tight loss
After tying Worthington Christian at 1 during the regular season, the third-seeded girls soccer team lost to the top-seeded Warriors 2-1 (4-3 in a shootout) in a Division III district semifinal Oct. 24 to finish 10-3-5.
The Warriors are losing six seniors, led by defender/midfielder Addie Shock, a newcomer to the program who finished with eight goals and 10 assists and was named first-team all-MSL-Ohio.
Junior Eli Burkhardt (goalie), sophomore Christine Cooke (midfielder) and freshman Sloane Shock (defender) were second-team all-league and senior Catherine Zallanta (midfielder/forward) and junior Maddy Morosky (mid-fielder/forward) were honorable mention all-league.
Morosky had a team-high nine goals and four assists, Zallanta had seven goals and six assists and senior defender/midfielder Soleil Tibbets-Barnes had three goals.
Others eligible to return include juniors Anna Chester (defender), Mia Croft (defender) and Ellie Weinberg (forward), sophomores Caroline Cooke (midfielder), Lu Godfrey (forward), Lina Grohovsky (goalie), Mari Hannah (defender), Reagan Kadlic (defender) and Lola Perez (defender) and freshmen Abigail Burkhardt (mid-fielder/forward) and Jamie Murphy (midfielder/forward).