The Lakota West boys’ soccer program will have to go through Wayne (13-4-2) Wednesday night if it wants to advance to its second straight regional final.
The game appears to be a good matchup of offense against defense.
On one side, Lakota West (16-1-2) has won its games with defense – shutting out its opponents in all 16 of its wins. The 16 shutouts by senior goalkeeper Joe McClanahan is a school record. Previously, the record was 14 set by Jason Chambers.
Meanwhile, senior Marquis Payton, who led the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 28 goals, charges the Warriors offense.
“We work hard as a team and we are getting goals from everywhere, but our defense will be challenged on Wednesday night,” Lakota West head coach Rick Cooper said. “Dayton Wayne has a very strong attack, led by Marquis Payton.
“We will really need to stay organized and defend well and once again find a way to score goals.”
If Lakota West wins the game, which will take place at Sycamore Junior High at 7 p.m., it will mark the seventh time that the program advanced to final eight in the state tournament (regional final).
That regional final will take place Saturday at noon at a site to be determined. The winner of this game will face the winner of Mason/St. Xavier.
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