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Phil Weirich was shocked the first time he was voted team captain for Oak Harbor's soccer team. He knew how
rare it was for a sophomore to be given such an honor by his peers.
“I didn't expect it,” said Weirich, now a senior and a three-year captain. “The fact that it happened showed that my teammates supported me. Apparently they thought it was for the best. At first I was nervous about it, but it kind of sank in as the season went on.”
Weirich has proven his worth as a captain – and scorer – during his four-year career. Weirich and his fellow seniors are the key reason that the Rockets were able to clinch this year's Sandusky Bay Conference championship, according to sixth-year coach Rob Schimmoeller.
“Senior leadership - they've really come together as a group,” Schimmoeller said. “I have a dozen seniors and six of them start. They have great chemistry as a group.”
Lake soccer on verge of closing out undefeated
In the Division II sectional opener this Wednesday at Genoa, top-seeded Lake plays Cardinal Stritch (1-11-2) at 5 p.m. Following that game at 7:30, Oak Harbor (11-2-2) plays Northwood (7-6-1). The two teams meet in the sectional final at Genoa Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
In the other bracket, Woodmore (12-3-1) plays Perkins (4-6-3) Monday at 5 p.m., with No. 2 seeded Genoa (10-3-1) playing Margaretta (5-7-1) at 7:30 p.m. Those two winners meet in the sectional final at Genoa Saturday at 2 p.m.
The two sectional champions meet in the district semifinal at Genoa on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. The winner of that game heads to the district final at Lake on Oct. 30.
On the chilly night of October 8…Genoa placekicker/punter/all-around special teams ace Tyler Pickard helped his now-7-0 (3-0 SLL), three-time league-defending-champion Comets crisply shoe aside longtime Suburban Lakes League rivals the Gibsonburg Golden Bears 75-12 via his toe.
The All-Ohio specialist also kicked himself into one record book, and narrowly missed another just wide-left…on the strength of going nine-of-nine on extra points, booting four-out-of-five field goals, and booming howitzer-like touchbacks.
“It was a great feeling making four field goals against Gibsonburg last Friday night,” offers “T-Pick,” a 5-11, 190 pound junior, who drilled scores of 20, 24, 33, and a mile-long 47 yards.
The latter not only posted a new Genoa record when it snuck over the crossbar in the northern end zone of Gibsonburg Golden Bear Stadium, but also brushed aside the previous Comets’ field goal distance record of 45 yards, which was set against Elmwood at Comet Stadium last year by Pickard. He also booted four field goals in that contest to help his team bury the visitors 60-0, as well as to improve to 10-0 and clinch Genoa’s third-straight SLL title, in the ’09 regular season finale.
The state record of most field goals in a game that Pickard just missed breaking was set by John Aerni of Westlake in 1986, and tied by Ben Buchanan of Westerville Central in ’07,
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