One reigning Eighth Region champ was eliminated, and another advanced in postseason soccer at South Oldham on Wednesday night.
Eighth-ranked South Oldham knocked off defending region winner Oldham County 2-0 in the girls’ 29th District Tournament semifinal, then reigning Eighth boys’ champ North Oldham routed Oldham County 6-0 in another district semi.
The South Oldham girls will face North Oldham (11-4-2) at 5:30 p.m. Friday before the North Oldham boys meet No. 9 South Oldham (9-6-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Both games are scheduled to be played at Oldham County.
Both of Wednesday night’s games were scheduled to be played in Buckner, but were moved to Crestwood due to field conditions.
It was a special night for Stephanie Rowland.
The South Oldham senior forward scored her 100th career goal and assisted the Dragons’ other one as they downed the Colonels for the second time this season.
Rowland, who had one goal in South’s 3-1 win at Oldham on Sept. 8, assisted Rebekah Arnold’s goal with 31.8 seconds to play in the first half.
“The (defense) stepped to me and I just crossed it in and Bekah was there,” Rowland said of her team-leading ninth assist of the season. “I’m just glad she was there to put it in.”
Then 59 seconds into the second half Rowland lasered a shot from about 25 yards out over the head of Oldham County keeper Caityln Mason and into the back of the net.
“I got a good ball played to me and I looked up and there was no one, so I was like, ‘I’ll shoot it,’” Rowland said.
The result was Rowland’s 24th goal of the season. The Ohio University recruit previously netted 31 goals as a freshman, 34 as a sophomore and 11 during a junior season that was shortened by a broken ankle.
“I guess it’s pretty exciting,” Rowland said of her benchmark goal. “I’ve had great teammates the past few years, they’ve helped me accomplish it. I definitely haven’t done it alone.”
Rowland trails Kristal Menard, who holds the school record with 111 goals.
South Oldham (15-4), which lost to Oldham County in the district and region championship games last year, will try to avenge its 1-0 Sept. 29 loss to North Oldham on Friday.
The loss ended the season for the 26th-ranked Colonels (7-9-1), who were hit hard by injuries after advancing to the state semifinals last year.
“We played great, we just had a lapse at the end of the first half and came out slow at the start of the second half and it cost us,” Oldham County coach Dan Schulz said.
South Oldham 2 (Rebekah Arnold, Stephanie Rowland), Oldham County 0
Five different players scored goals for North Oldham (8-6-3), which is No. 15 in the Maher Rankings, in its victory over No. 35 Oldham County (10-6-2) in a match that changed drastically in the 15th minute when the Colonels’ goalkeeper received a red card.
Sophomore Mason Rice’s team-high ninth goal, off a feed from Josh Stone, in the ninth minute, gave the Mustangs the early lead and the only goal they would need as they avenged a 3-2 Sept. 9 loss at Oldham.
Six minutes later Oldham County goalie Adam Curry received a red card (an ejection) after he deflected a North shot while he was outside the goal box.
“The keeper comes out and they have to play a man down, it’s tough,” Mustangs coach Andrew Terry said. “We were able to take advantage, obviously it made a huge difference into the second half.”
North Oldham added to its lead 3:10 before halftime when senior Bradley Dean scored the first of his two goals against backup Oldham County keeper Zack Watt.
Keyon Ghayoumi, Mason Smith, Dean and Dylan Smith added second-half goals for the Mustangs, who’ll try to avenge their 2-1 Oct. 1 loss to ninth-ranked South Oldham (9-6-3).
South beat North 3-1 in last year’s district final, however, the Mustangs downed the Dragons 1-0 in the region title tilt.
North Oldham 6 (Bradley Dean 2, Mason Rice, Keyon Ghayoumi, Mason Smith, Dylan Smith), Oldham County 0