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Lake boys soccer coach Chad Lillich knew the Flyers would have to slow down Oak Harbor's high-scoring forwards, Phil Weirich and Tyler Eoff, to have a chance to beat the Rockets in Wednesday night's Division II district semifinal.

“If we can contain those two kids,” Lillich said, “we'll do all right.”

Weirich and Eoff had combined for 53 goals and 30 assists going into Oak Harbor's game against Lake, but they were no match for the Flyers' defense.

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Lake took a 2-0 lead into halftime and went on to a 5-0 victory to advance to Saturday's district final at Fremont Ross. The Flyers will face Lexington (11-7-1), which beat Mansfield Madison 4-1 in Wednesday's semifinal at Norwalk.

“We played aggressive,” Lillich said. “We took the wind in the first half, hoping we could jump into a lead and that would make Oak Harbor press more in the second half, which they did.”

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Pretend you're a high school soccer coach who returned virtually the same team that lost in the regional finals the previous year.

“I would assume if you talk to anybody around this area, the expectations for us are huge,” Lake girls coach Steve Hoffman said earlier this season.

Everyone expected the Flyers to win big this year, but not many people expected them to continue to compete at such a high level after senior forward Drew Plummer suffered an ACL injury less than three weeks into the season.

“We have had to overcome some adversity,” Hoffman said. “She had a knee injury that isn't permitting her to go full strength. She's tried to play through it, but she's not the Drew Plummer of old. That's one of the things we've had to overcome.”

Lake (16-1-2) still managed to win its third straight Suburban Lakes League title this season and has reached the Division II district semifinals despite Plummer missing nine games.

The Flyers' district semifinal game against league rival Genoa on Tuesday had to be postponed until Thursday due to the weather, and then the Comets won 1-0 in overtime. Mallory Murphy had the goal for Genoa, which is led by record-setting goal scorer Olivia Reeder. Genoa winner will face either Wauseon (17-1-1) or Archbold (15-1-2) for the district title. Lake handed Archbold its only loss, 1-0, on Sept. 25.

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A few years ago, Victor and Jeryl Nagy made a deal with their daughter, Lacy, that if she broke the girls' cross-country individual record at Woodmore, they would buy her a new Ford Mustang.

“That's what my incentive was since my freshman year,” said Nagy, a senior. “I've never gotten close to the record, so my mom and dad have never had to worry. I might not take them up on the Mustang offer. Maybe I'll get something more practical for right now.”

The school record of 18 minutes, 36 seconds is held by Lindsay Hamilton, a star on the Wildcats' cross-country and track teams in the 1990s.

Last Saturday, at the Division III, District II meet at Eells Park in Bettsville, Nagy ran a career-best time of 18:57.21. A week before that, on the same course, she won her third straight individual crown at the Suburban Lakes League meet by finishing in 19:11.87.

Third-year Woodmore cross country coach Mike Moreno said he won't be surprised if Nagy gets the school record this Saturday, at the regional meet at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin, or next weekend at the state meet in Columbus.

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