Boys Soccer Team Delivers Outstanding Season to Lakeview High School

Alec Bartholomew

alec-soccer     Electrifying would be an understatement when it comes down to the outstanding season that the Lakeview High boys soccer team put together. The Bulldogs finished out the regular season with a record of 15-0-1 which is the best regular season record ever held here at Lakeview High School. The undefeated 2016 season featured wins against Poland, Hubbard, and Canfield. It was clear to see that the sky was the limit for the Bulldogs as they not only had themselves and undefeated season, but a district championship as well. The Bulldogs were not just another great team to play though as they made sure that their presence was known to anyone around the area by posting some big numbers on the boards. The Bulldogs shut out over 50% of the teams on their schedule while scoring a whopping 132 goals and giving up only 10 in a regular season of just 16 games.

     Out of these sixteen games, the Bulldogs did not have a single loss; however, they did end up with a tie that came in a game against the Poland Bulldogs ending in a 1-1 score here at Don Richards Memorial Stadium. This didn’t kill any momentum for the Bulldogs as they began to keep pushing forward and racking up more and more wins as the regular season came to its end.

     Once the season ended, there was no rest for the wicked as the Bulldogs had an opportunity at a district championship. With hard work and some good practice sessions, the Bulldogs were able to pull it off against the Canfield Cardinals leaving not only as district champions, but also the most accomplished team in Lakeview Soccer history. Never before has a team from Lakeview’s soccer program accomplished so much. 

     In this 2016 season, it’s clear to see that the Bulldogs had many things to be thankful for throughout their season. However, they had no time to get too lost in the moment as the Bulldogs then had to head to Revere. It didn’t end quite how the Bulldogs might have wanted as they had their first loss all season 3-0, bumping them out of the playoffs for the year. Although it was a tough loss, the Bulldogs walked out with heads held high as they accomplished the unthinkable and made memories that will last a lifetime.

     Following the season’s end, many members of the Bulldogs soccer team were given recognition for such an outstanding season. Representatives from the Bulldogs for the 1st team all Youngstown district included Noah Busefink and Danny Sarko. Selected for 2nd team all Youngstown district were Dan Golar, Zac White, and Blake Gill. 1st team all Trumbull County team include Josh Kelly, Jerry Collins, and Marcus Cole along with Tannor Drum as an honorable mention.