Ben Saas scored two goals to lead the St. Charles Preparatory School soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Dublin Coffman in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Westerville Central.
The eighth-ranked Cardinals improved to 15-3-2 and advanced to play second-ranked Olentangy Liberty in a regional final Nov. 3 at Dublin Jerome.
Coffman finished 14-3-3.
Saas scored his first goal 1 minute, 47 seconds into the game.
“To get an early goal has been this team’s staple, coming out of the gate with a purpose and putting the ball away,” said St. Charles coach Chris Vonau, whose team lost to Liberty 2-0 on Sept. 6. “We have done that the last couple of games and teams haven’t been able to recover from it.”
Austin Schmitt scored to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with 19:11 left in the first half, and Saas capped the scoring with less than 10 minutes left in the contest.
“It’s always a point by coach (Vonau) for us to score in the first five minutes, and we did that in the district final (a 2-0 win over Dublin Scioto on Oct. 27) and we did that here,” said Saas, a junior forward. “We got a win out of both games.”
Goalkeeper Joseph Marchionda had four saves for St. Charles and Jake Koehler added two.
Goalie Trent McConnaughey had eight saves for the Shamrocks.
Olentangy Liberty 2, Pickerington North 0
Liberty coach Marc D’Auteuil felt like his team would have an advantage over North in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 31 if it could put the Panthers into the unfamiliar position of playing from behind.
The Patriots did exactly that, largely dominating play in a 2-0 win at Jerome to advance to face St. Charles in a regional final Nov. 3 on the same field.
Jaggar Brooker scored 14:30 into the game, and Nick Stack added an insurance goal with 11:10 left.
“Our goal was to put them in an uncomfortable situation. They’re a very good team and we knew they hadn’t been challenged too many times this year, so our goal was to get on the board first,” said D’Auteuil, whose team improved to 18-2. “Putting them in that situation might have shell-shocked them for a few minutes. We knew we’d have to grind this one out a little bit.”
North got a handful of quality scoring chances with about 15 minutes left but was unable to convert before Stack scored a few minutes later.
“They finished their chances and we didn’t finish our chances,” Panthers coach Darrin Monhollen said. “We had several opportunities that were very threatening. We had chances that were dangerous that we should have finished and that made all the difference in the game.”
North, which was appearing in its first regional, finished 18-2. The Panthers had not lost since their season opener Aug. 17, 2-0 at St. Charles.
—Dave PurpuraDivision II
DeSales 9, Warsaw River View 1
Mike Cockerell had three goals and Cristian Gomez scored two as DeSales routed River View in a Division II regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Coshocton.
Cesar Ramirez added a goal and two assists for the Stallions, who scored three goals in the first 14 minutes and blew the game open with six unanswered goals in the second half.
Alessandro Conte, Jack Francisco and Andy Shoemaker also scored for DeSales, which improved to 17-3 and will play Athens in a regional final Nov. 3 at a neutral site.
River View finished 12-7.
Cincinnati McNicholas 3, Bexley 2
Trailing 3-0, Bexley rallied against McNicholas, only to fall short in a Division II regional semifinal Oct. 31 at London.
Miles Joseph had an unassisted goal and Ted Schoedinger scored off an assist from Noah Luehmann for the Lions, who finished 13-7.
Goalie Ben Ziegler had six saves for Bexley.
“We were down 3-0 with 20 minutes to go in the game and we came roaring back,” Lions coach Jay Scott said. “We got ourselves in a hole, but we came back doing what we do. Sometimes we get in a hole and we have to fight to get back.
“Soccer is a game of bounces, and we didn’t get them this time. The guys played really hard and did what we asked them to do."
—Scott HennenDivision III
Grandview 7, Wellington 2
One of the state’s leading scorers, Grandview’s Manny Day was in top form during a Division III regional semifinal Oct. 31 at Gahanna, scoring six goals as the Bobcats pulled away from Wellington in the second half.
After scoring all three of the Bobcats’ goals in the first half as Grandview held a 3-2 lead at halftime, Day added three more goals in the second half to raise his season total to 45 goals.
The Bobcats improved to 15-2-3 and advanced to play Berlin Hiland in a regional final Nov. 3 at a neutral site.
“I think it’s really good for us, because at the beginning of the season we lost two of our first five games and we were not in good shape, but we turned things around,” Day said. “Just being able to get back to this point is awesome.”
After Grandview took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Day, the Jaguars tied the game on a goal by Eli Dulle. Another goal by Day with 19 minutes left in the first half made it 2-1, but Wellington tied the game at 2 on another goal by Dulle with eight minutes to go before halftime.
Day gave Grandview a 3-2 lead late in the first half and also scored his team’s fourth, sixth and seventh goals. Jack Mollette had the Bobcats’ other goal.
Wellington, which also lost to Grandview in a regional semifinal in 2016 (3-2 in overtime), finished 14-5-1.