The Olentangy High School girls soccer team made some improvements from an earlier loss to Pickerington North during a Division I regional semifinal against the Panthers on Oct. 30 at Dublin Jerome, but not enough to prolong its season in a 4-2 loss.
Sophomore midfielder Kylee Beinecke scored both goals for Olentangy, which finished 14-4-2 overall. Beinecke gave the Braves a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game, but the Panthers tied it six minutes later and went ahead for good with six minutes left in the first half when forward Alicia Donley, a Tennessee commit, stole the ball and scored.
"We tried to increase the level of pressure on the ball this time instead of letting them turn and come at us. At some times, we were successful with that but at other times, I think we were challenged," coach Earl Devanny said. "Their ability to beat players one-on-one is huge. Donley is part of that, but even when she doesn't beat someone because we have to double (-team) her, she can pass the ball very well and break through."
Beinecke scored the game's final goal and her ninth of the season with 15 minutes to play.
Olentangy was coming off its first district championship since 2015 and third league title in four years. The Braves went 5-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division and defeated Orange 2-1 on Oct. 13 to win the championship by a game ahead of the Pioneers (4-1), and beat Orange again by the same score in a district final Oct. 27 at Grandview.
Olentangy was seeded fifth of 44 teams in the district tournament.
Senior midfielder Sydney Richards scored a team-high 15 goals. Junior midfielder Kayla Primm, an Ohio State commit, added eight goals.
Primm was named league Player of the Year and first-team all-district. Senior defender Raj Robinson was first-team all-league and third-team all-district, and Beinecke was first-team all-league.
Richards and sophomores Carly Ross (midfielder) and Katie Scott (goalkeeper) were second-team all-league, senior defender Maddie Garner was special mention all-league and junior midfielder Bailey Hall was honorable mention all-league.
"We had a terrific group of players who put in the time and effort to get us to the point of winning a district championship," said Devanny, who was named league Coach of the Year. "It was something that was well-deserved because of how hard they worked for us. Our seniors did a tremendous job with their leadership."