Boys Soccer Battles Their Way to District Finals


Madison Harvey, Reporter

This season the Lakeview varsity boys soccer team defeated the odds and are currently on their way to the district finals! The boys recently defeated Poland in the district semi finals with a final score of 2-0. Juniors Jake Busefink and Blake Stockton each had one goal.

This will be junior Hunter Miller’s second time making it to district finals in his high school soccer career. Miller was also apart of the 2016 district championship soccer team.

Miller had a lot to say when asked what his hopes are for the upcoming game.

Miller said, “I’m excited to be a part of such a focused team and I hope we come out with the win.” 

The boys are very excited for their upcoming game against Howland. They played Howland once during regular season where they lost to them 3-0, so the Bulldogs are eager to turn the tables.

This will be freshman Thomas Spencer’s first time competing in a district finals game. He is very excited to compete with his team.

Spencer said, “It feels really good being in the district finals after a tough start within the team, but we came together after a major wake up call from Poland and South Range but that’s what we needed. We earned our way into the championship after all the hard work and effort we put in to try and get a good seed in the tournament and we got exactly what we needed to get us where we are.”

However, this year will be Senior Dylan Sarko’s third appearance in a district finals game. He was a part of the 2016 district championship team as well as the 2017 team who was runner up in the district finals game. As captain, Sarko is very proud of how far his team has come and has big intentions for the upcoming game.

Sarko said, “I’m excited we’ve been able to prove everyone who didn’t think we would make it this far wrong, and I hope to cause an upset to Howland.” 

Sarko also had some advice for his team.

“We need to come out fast and strong. We have a really young team, so for most of them this is going to be the hardest game they’ve ever played in. We need to be able to attack early and shake them up.” 

Sarko hopes to pass up his older brother, class of 2017 graduate Daniel Sarko, in district championship wins. Daniel has one that he won with Dylan in 2016.

The Bulldog boys will play in Niles on Saturday at 4 pm to battle Howland for the District Championship Title.

Come out to support the team!