The St. Charles soccer team won its third Division I district championship in four seasons, but fell short of reaching a regional final.
After three shutouts, the Cardinals gave up their first postseason goal in a 1-0 loss to fifth-ranked Worthington Kilbourne in a regional semifinal Oct. 30 at Westerville Central.
Junior goalkeeper Jake Koehler had six saves for the Cardinals, who finished 14-4-2 overall.
"I'm so proud of this group and everything they have accomplished and that they allowed me to be a part of it," fourth-year coach Chris Vonau said.
In a game in which St. Charles was playing shorthanded, Kilbourne's Logan Evans broke a scoreless tie with 4 minutes, 37 seconds left in the second half off 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 senior forward Ian Gabriel with 18:11 left in the first half. Gabriel was ejected with his second yellow card of the game, meaning the Cardinals had to play the remainder of the contest down a player.
The third-seeded Cardinals repeated as a district champion by defeating 14th-seeded New Albany 3-0 on Oct. 26 in a district final at Westerville North.
St. Charles also won its second consecutive CCL title and its fourth in five seasons by going 4-0.
The Cardinals had 16 seniors. Defenders Will Byorth (first-team all-district and all-league), Nick Kotte (second-team all-league) and Brendan McGinn, midfielders Ryan Gora (first-team all-league) and Hayden Hospel (first-team all-league) and forwards Josh Remeis (second-team all-league) and Ben Saas (second-team all-league) were senior starters in the regional semifinal.
"What the seniors mean to the program is infinite and what they mean to me, I can't put in words," Vonau said. "They were my first group to go here through four seasons. They stuck through it, and they were really loyal. They will always have a special place for me."
Koehler (third-team all-district, first-team all-league), junior defender Joe Roberts, junior forward Brady West and sophomore midfielder Gabe O'Reilly also started in the regional semifinal.
"We have a lot of juniors and sophomores coming back with a lot of talent, and I know that they are hungry," Vonau said. "They have already started talking about next season."
Karas finishes 30th at state
Owen Karas ended a standout postseason for the cross country team by finishing 30th (16:00.8) in the Division I state meet Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway.
The junior also was third (15:53.2) in the regional Oct. 26 at Pickerington North and runner-up (16:09.7) in the district meet Oct. 19 at Hilliard Darby.
The Cardinals finished ninth (208) at district behind regional-qualifiers Hilliard Davidson (39), Olentangy Orange (78), New Albany (117), Pickerington Central (131) and Granville (135).
Also competing were senior Ethan Encarnacion (31st, 16:59.4), junior Colin Hayter (53rd, 17:36.4), sophomore William Ferris (56th, 17:43.8), senior Andrew Sarff (66th, 17:54.5), sophomore Caleb Lipkin (80th, 18:35.6) and senior Michael Bruggeman (85th, 18:42.5).
St. Charles had a streak of 12 consecutive CCL championships snapped Oct. 12 at Otterbein. The Cardinals finished third (59) behind Watterson (35) and Hartley (46).
Football team loses finale to Watterson
The football team lost to visiting Watterson 17-3 on Nov. 1 to finish 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the CCL.
The game was tied at 3 at halftime. Joel Tobler kicked a 30-yard field goal for the Cardinals.
Luke Eversole rushed for 128 yards on 27 carries, and Andy Mason was 4-for-11 passing for 13 yards.