Simone Rivard-Roberts scored with 10 minutes, 13 seconds left in the second overtime off a pass from Emma Barthel to lift the Dublin Coffman girls soccer team to a 3-2 win over Olentangy Orange in a Division I regional final Nov. 2 at Westerville Central.
The eighth-ranked Shamrocks improved to 15-1-5 and will play fourth-ranked West Chester Lakota West (19-0-2) or Loveland (16-3) in a state semifinal Nov. 5 at a neutral site.
Orange finished 15-3-4.
“We switched things around formation-wise in the second overtime by switching players to different spots,” Coffman coach Costa Kalorides said. “We tried pushing up an extra four (players) instead of going 1-4 up top, and it ended up proving to be successful for us.”
The Shamrocks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Barthel scored with 34:51 left in the first half and Lara Schober scored with 22:46 remaining in the half.
The Pioneers, however, tied the game at 2 with a pair of goals less than seven minutes apart in the first half. Sophia Leonetti scored on a penalty kick with 19:11 left before halftime and Secora Johnson scored with 12:42 remaining in the half.
“We could have wilted, but our girls left it all on the field,” Orange coach Tim Lawrence said. “That’s the funky thing about soccer: you never know what will happen. It’s takes a moment like (Coffman) had there at the end of the game to end it, and it ends quick. The season can end quick.”DIVISION III
Columbus Academy 2, Zanesville Rosecrans 0
Annalise Grammel and Emma Belford scored first-half goals to lead the Vikings past the Bishops in a Division III regional final Nov. 2 at Stewart Field in Coshocton.
Goalkeeper Sophie Spolter had four saves for Academy, which improved to 16-3-2 and advanced to play Cincinnati Country Day in a state semifinal Nov. 5 at a neutral site.
“I’m not surprised (by the victory),” said Vikings coach Matt Thompson, whose team defeated Rosecrans 1-0 on Sept. 14 in MSL-Ohio Division play. “I’m thrilled. They have continued to battle and bought into each other. It’s been a nice run.”
Rosecrans finished 12-8-2.