Soccer: Undefeated Flyers dominating the competition

By: 
Yaneek Smith

Press Contributing Writer
sports@presspublications.com

In five matches, the Lake Flyers have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 30-6.
Lake holds a 5-0 record, including a 2-0 mark in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
The Flyers are an experienced bunch, one that returned 10 starters.
“I think the chemistry is pretty good this year,” said Lake coach Brian Reed. “Last year, I graduated only one starter. I brought back 10 starters, so I think that has a lot to do with it. And we have six seniors.”
Reed went into greater detail about the reasons for his team’s success.
“Defensively, we’re very strong with the four that are back there right now. The amount of goals that we’re giving up is a lot less than in the past,” he said. “(Goalkeeper) Holden (Wodrich) has only faced a couple of shots. Offensively, I think we’re a threat. Our midfielders are strong, and Gael (Rios), Kaiden (Reed) and Jack (Gladieux) have stepped up and found the back of the net. It’s a combination of things going right for us right now.”
Rios, a forward, leads the team with 21 points (9 goals, 3 assists), followed by Reed, a midfielder, who has scored 20 points (8 goals, 4 assists) and Gladieux, a forward, who has 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists).
Lake opened the season with a 2-1 win over Evergreen, defeated Rossford, 4-0 and outscored its next three opponents by a combined 24-5 — Northwood (8-0), Otsego (8-3) and Defiance (8-2).
“Holden had some huge saves in the Evergreen game. I believe it was maybe the Rossford game where he had a really good save that kept us in the game, too,” said Reed, who has been with the program since 2009 and is in his fifth season as the head coach. “He makes the big saves when he needs to. He just hasn’t faced a lot of shots this year.
“Evergreen was pretty tough, so that gave us a little something to go on. Their coach is doing a really good job, and he’s got a couple of very strong players. That was a big win for us this year.”
The starting forwards are Gladieux, Rios and Brady Hayward, but Zachary Buschmann and Mason Snead also see action there too. The midfielders are Reed, Preston Reed and Micah Balsmeyer and the defenders are Auggie Warton, Jon Athonspecht, Macen Kos and Greyson Reed. Avery Alder, Mitchell Maguire and James Dempsey have also seen action as well.
Reed and Maguire scored the two goals in the win over the Vikings while Alder scored twice against the Bulldogs and the other two goals came from Buschmann and Reed. Reed and Rios both had hat tricks in the win over the Rangers.
“We’re still taking it one game at a time. Our matchup (against Genoa) is one we had circled on the calendar; we didn’t have much success against them (last year),” said Reed. “We finished second to them the last two years. We’re both undefeated and ultimately, the winner out of those games between us and Genoa will hopefully go on to win the league. So far, so good; we haven’t had any injuries.
“I think our attitude has to stay positive, sometimes they have a tendency to get in their own heads. We need to stay healthy and just continue to defend well, and we’re fine in the back of the net. If we outwork the other opponent, I think we have a good chance,” he said.

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