For the first time since 1998, the Watterson High School girls soccer team is headed to the Division I state tournament.
The Eagles tied their regional final against Pickerington North on Nov. 3 at Dublin Jerome late in regulation and Emma Schossler scored with 7 minutes, 16 seconds left in the first overtime to give Watterson a 2-1 victory.
“Audrey Shea played a big ball in and it was extremely chaotic in the box,” Schossler said. “It ended up getting out of their keeper’s hands and I was just there.”
Watterson improved to 18-1-2 and will play Beavercreek (21-0) or Mason (16-1-2) in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at a site to be announced. The state final is Nov. 9 at Mapfre Stadium.
North, which finished 15-2-3, took a 1-0 lead with 13:40 left in the first half when Tori Haggit scored off a pass from Morgan Dragich.
The lead held until Shea scored off a corner kick by Sammy Francis with 3:50 remaining in regulation.
“I just hit it with the back of my foot and it went in,” Shea said. “It was a corner and there was just chaos pretty much. Somehow I got my foot on it and it went in.”
North was seeking its sixth state appearance. The Panthers last reached state in 2016.
“They scored two scrappy goals and they’re moving on and we’re not,” Panthers coach Greg Van Kannel said. “It’s a tough one.”Division II
Big Walnut 3, New Concord John Glenn 0
Big Walnut posted its 13th shutout of the season in defeating John Glenn in a Division II regional final Nov. 3 at Lakewood.
Alexis Schone, Grace Bodker and Avery Schone scored for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 14-2-4 and advanced to the state tournament for the second consecutive season.
Big Walnut will play defending state champion Cincinnati Indian Hill (16-2-3) in a state semifinal Nov. 6 at a site to be announced. The state final is Nov. 9 at Mapfre Stadium.
The Golden Eagles lost 4-0 to Indian Hill in a state semifinal last season.