By Ryan Kaczmarski
The postseason has come to an abrupt end for the Westlake High School boys soccer team, which fell to (Sylvania) Southview, 3-1, on Saturday in the regional championship game at Cedar Point Stadium at Sandusky High School.
Southview scored its first two goals on soft put-back shots that got past Demons goalkeeper Jamie Lackner, who had one of the best seasons in the area this year.
“Sometimes you get the lucky bounces, sometime you don’t, and today we didn’t,” Demons head coach Mike Besu said. “I can’t take anything away from these boys, because we had a magical season. But I also don’t want to take anything away from the other team, because we didn’t come ready to play and it cost us.”
Westlake made a game of it in the second half, when senior midfielder Nick Wertman scored on a penalty kick with 13 minutes left in the game to make the score 2-1. As time started to get short for the Demons, the goalkeeper was pulled for an extra attacker and Southview scored the final goal on an empty net.
Southview paid extra attention to Wertman the entire game, sometimes putting two or three men on him.
“If we would have executed like we were supposed to and help him out – from the midfield position, we didn’t trap the ball – we just played (Southview’s) game. They didn’t do anything to hurt us.”
Even down with time about to expire, the Demons never gave up and kept attacking until the final horn sounded.
“We didn’t give up, but it was hard,” Besu said. “After the first goal, they were dropping seven of eight players (into the defensive zone), they were trying to hold us defensively and they were just kicking the ball.
“Like I said, we didn’t execute,” he continued. “We are a much better team than that.”