Vikings’ Ryan Bennett battles for possession with Lake Shores’ Antonio Kazdaglis Monday, Oct. 19, during soccer districts at Marysville.
Last year the Marysville boys soccer team met history by winning the program’s first-ever district title.
However, this year they won’t be repeating history as they’ve been ousted in the opening night of state playoffs.
Lake Shore’s defense took Marysville to task and pushed the Shorians to a 1-0 victory on the Vikings home turf.
With that the Vikings end their season a few days sooner than they would’ve liked, but end with a solid 14-7-1 overall record and a second-place finish in the MAC Gold.
“I’m going to remember it pretty well – we had a good season,” Marysville senior captain Ian Hall said. “I’m impressed with how well we blended as a team.”
Lake Shore, who plays one level above Marysville in the MAC Blue, continue their season with an 8-11-1 overall record.
Lake Shore fired in its one and only goal into the net just less than ten minutes into the game. Shorian sophomore Zach Magnuson gathered the ball and clipped the inside part of the left post to have the ball ricochet into the net.
“I’m full of energy right now,” Magnuson said after the game, holding his side in a little bit of pain. “I remember last year we lost and felt like crap, but this year it’s a bigger impact to be moving on with energy.”
Five minutes later Marysville senior Nick DiGiovanni made a long run to the net, but he was swarmed by a gang of Shorians and the ball was booted out. That was a common theme of the night as the Lake Shore back line of Jurgen Hedo, Jacob Federlein, Jon Bastien and Peter Mackenzie outnumbered the Vikings attacks whenever they tried to make a scoring threat.
“They never made a mistake,” Marysville senior Jake Carroll said. “If they got their foot on the ball, it was going to someone. And the way we play, it wasn’t right for their defense. We try to kick the ball over the top and it just wasn’t working.”
The closest Marysville did come to a goal in the first half was when Trevor Roeske smoked a shot from 10 yards out, but right to Lake Shore goalkeeper Austin Machnik. The junior goalie was only called on for five saves throughout the night.
For Marysville, sophomore goalkeeper Brett Robinson made six saves for the Vikings.
The Vikings had two shots that almost tied up the game in the second half. The first came early in the second half, when Carroll’s free kick from 30 yards out sailed two feet above the net.
The next best chance came when a cross sailed to Ryan Bennett’s feet, but his shot was stopped by a waiting Machnik.
Marysville will graduate nine seniors from the squad, but the last two seasons they lost key players and responded with solid seasons. And while the season has officially come to a close, Carroll and his teammates already know what they accomplished blew a few expectations out of the door.
“We stunned everybody,” Carroll said. “With the loss of Tony (Mercatante) and Matt (Lashbrook) people thought we had little going for us. We came second in our league, and we did better this year I thought. We really came together as a team.”