SANDUSKY -- It was the worst night of the season for the 19 senior players on the Southview boys soccer team when they closed the regular season by giving up nine second-half goals in a nightmarish 9-3 loss to Northern Lakes League champion Anthony Wayne.
But, in that darkest hour, a championship team may have been born, as the Cougars used it as motivation to get where they are now -- one win from a Division I state championship.
Senior forward Jared Yoshino took a perfectly place throw-in from senior midfielder Jared Lyle and surged down the left side to score the golden goal Wednesday night, giving Southview a 1-0 victory over Aurora with 3:07 left in the second overtime of a state semifinal at Strobel Field.
“[Lyle] just threw it out there and I was one-on-one with the goalie, and I kicked it in,” Yoshino said. “I don’t even know how I got there.
“I knew he would throw in a good ball, so I just tried to read it. It was perfect, and it was great to get a breakthrough on them. They had a great defense.”