The Olentangy Liberty boys soccer team is one win away from its second consecutive Division I regional championship after defeating Westerville Central 3-0 in a regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Dublin Jerome.
The Patriots improved to 16-2-1 and advanced to play Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final Nov. 2 at a neutral site.
The Warhawks, who also lost to Liberty 3-1 on Oct. 3, finished 11-9-1.
“A couple of our kids that didn’t play well (in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Upper Arlington in a district final Oct. 26), Jaggar (Brooker) and Ludwig (Conrad), were the best players on the field today,” Patriots coach Marc D’Auteuil said.
Liberty took a 1-0 lead with 21 minutes left in the first half on a goal by Brooker on a free kick from about 25 yards. Then with 33:30 remaining in the second half, Liberty’s Graydon Shook kicked a shot backwards that went into the goal for a 2-0 advantage.
“I kind of mistrapped (the ball) a little bit and the (defender) fell down for some reason and it was just set perfectly,” Shook said. “I didn’t think I had enough time to turn and hit it, so I back-heeled it.”
Conrad scored the game’s final goal with 14:55 left off of a centering pass from Brooker.
“My center back Greyson (Follmer) played me a through ball, took a couple touches, looked up and saw (Conrad) wide open,” Brooker said. “It feels amazing just playing with my boys.”
Worthington Kilbourne 1, St. Charles 0
Logan Evans scored to lead the Wolves past the Cardinals in a Division I regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Westerville Central.
Kilbourne improved to 17-0-3 and will play Liberty in a regional final Nov. 2.
Evans broke a scoreless tie with 4:37 left in the second half off of a pass from Brandon Kim.
“It was a very good ball to me from Brandon Kim that was straight to the top of the box,” Evans said. “I just placed the ball where I could and we got the goal that made us win the game.”
Wolves goalkeeper Tyler Katz was injured in a collision with St. Charles’ Ian Gabriel with 18:11 left in the first half. Katz was replaced by Jimmy Sauder and Gabriel was ejected with his second yellow card of the game, meaning the Cardinals had to play the remainder of the contest short-handed.
Katz and Sauder had one save apiece.
Goalie Jake Koehler had six saves for the Cardinals, who finished 14-4-2.
—Scott HennenDIVISION II
Columbus Academy 2, Bexley 1
Sam Massick scored his second goal of the game with 2:24 remaining to lift the Vikings past the Lions in a Division II regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Westerville Central.
Academy improved to 12-3-5 and advanced to play Millersburg West Holmes in a regional final Nov. 2 at a neutral site.
“Obviously, (Bexley) is our biggest rival,” Massick said. “It’s a big thing any time you play them in any sport – soccer, football, basketball, anything. It’s great to get a win over them. It was a close game. Both teams fought really hard and I’m just glad the ball bounced our way in the end.”
Academy and Bexley played to a 1-all tie in a MSL-Ohio Division game Sept. 7.
After a scoreless first half in the rematch, Massick scored on a penalty kick with 28:33 left after Blake Chiovaro was fouled by Bexley goalie Ben Ziegler in the penalty area, but the Lions tied the game on a goal by Grayson Fletcher off of a corner kick by Miles Goldman with 17:09 remaining.
The Vikings scored the winning goal when Leo Kass sent a lead pass to Massick, who raced behind the Bexley defense and beat Ziegler to a loose ball and rolled a shot into an open net.
“He was our offense today,” Academy coach Ron Leach said of Massick. “He scored both goals. Amazing game by Sam.”
Ziegler had 15 saves for Bexley, which finished 7-10-3. Academy goalie Luke Budzik had three saves.
—Frank DiRennaDIVISION III
Cincinnati Seven Hills 2, Grandview 1
Seven Hills scored with 36:10 left in the second half of a Division III regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Xenia to break a 1-all tie.
Kai Iisaka scored and goalie Owen Carter had eight saves for Grandview, which finished 10-6-4.
Seven Hills improved to 15-2-4 and advanced to play Botkins in a regional final Nov. 2.