Lakota West will play in its second straight regional final this Saturday after it shutout Wayne by the score of 4-0 on Halloween night at Sycamore Junior High.
The Firebirds (17-1-2) will face rival Mason (17-2-1) in the regional final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakota East.
The two schools played each other earlier this fall, a match the Comets won 4-2. The win ended up being the difference in the race for the Greater Miami Conference title, as Mason finished 9-0 in GMC play, while Lakota West finished at 7-1-1.
In its 4-0 win against Wayne on Wednesday, senior goal keeper Joe McClanahan needed only three saves to record his 17th shutout of the season (school record).
Offensively, the Firebirds got on the scoreboard quickly as sophomore Christian Lytle scored in the third minute. Teammates senior David Piotrowski, senior Evan Westbrock and junior Kyle Brotherton also added goals for Lakota West.
Meanwhile, Mason’s trip to the regional final didn’t come as easily, as junior forward Jack Clark scored 13 seconds into sudden-victory overtime to give Mason a 2-1 win against St. Xavier at Lakota East Wednesday.
Saturday’s game will be Mason’s first appearance in the regional final and Lakota West’s seventh time as one of the final eight teams left in the state tournament.
If Lakota West advances past Mason, it will mark fourth time it has been in the state’s final four. In its history, West has never played in the state title game.