Lakota West senior defenseman Wesley Hartoin scored a golden goal with 1:51 left in the second overtime to advance the Firebirds to Saturday’s Division I regional final against Beavercreek.
The Firebirds are one of the final eight teams remaining in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state soccer playoffs. If Lakota West were to win the regional final, it would be the third time in program history that it made it to the final four and the first time since 2004. The program has never advanced to the championship game.
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Milford sent the game into overtime with 2:02 left in regulation on a 30-yard shot by senior defender James Hammond that surprised Lakota West senior goalie Joe McClanahan and got over his outstretched hand.
It was the only thing that surprised McClanahan in the game. He came up with multiple stops in the second half and in overtime as Milford kept pressure on the Lakota West defense in the attempt to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Two and a half minutes prior to Hartoin’s goal, McClanahan took the ball off of the feet of Milford freshman Rodolfo Castillo on a one-on-one situation 10 yards from the goal to keep Lakota West alive. Milford unofficially outshot Lakota West 18-13 and had many more shots on goal than the Firebirds.
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“I told (McClanahan) the reason we were here was because of him,” said Lakota West coach Rick Cooper. “He saved two penalty kicks against Mason (in the district final). We’re not here without him. We trust in him and believe in him and I told him we’d pick him up. In overtime he stepped up.”
Milford had beaten Moeller 3-2 in overtime to win its sectional title. The Eagles got goals with three minutes remaining to send the game into extra time and Kyle Grothaus won it with a goal eight minutes into the overtime.
Lakota West outscored Mason 4-2 on penalty kicks to win the district title, 2-1.
Under OHSAA postseason rules, the first team to score in overtime wins the match. If both teams do not score in two 15-minute overtime periods, then the match would be decided on penalty kicks.
Saturday’s regional final will take place at Bellbrook. Time of the match has not been released.
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