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The Huron boys, the area's last soccer team standing, falls to Mansfield Christian

Sarah Baker • May 12, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Mansfield Christian beat Huron 4-0 in the Division III district semifinal make-up match Thursday night in Huron.

"It's hard to argue with a team that's just plain hungry," said Flames coach Ben Stauffer.

"And having been knocked out by Huron on this same field and then having the game delayed from Tuesday to Thursday even more, the team was just chomping at the bit. They were ready to go."

The Flames got on the scoreboard early off a direct kick less than four minutes into the match. They had a free kick near the half line and players around the box jostled for position when Huron was called for a foul.

Senior Tyler Lilly took advantage of some disorganization between Huron's goalie and defenders and put the ball in the upper left corner of the goal for Mansfield.

"Tyler Lilly started the whole thing off," said Stauffer. "He scored the first goal and he just wanted it badly and the other fed off him. The others all had a good game too."

The remainder of the first half went back and forth with both teams having shared possession with scant opportunities on goal.

Neither goalie was challenged until Taylor Prosser made a spectacular save with 7:48 to play in the half. Prosser went to tip the ball out over the goal, but it hit the crossbar and bounced back into play.

Prosser caught it before it hit the ground.

The Flames' Harrison Wood caught the Tigers off guard again to put the ball into the back of the net in the final second to send Mansfield Christian to halftime with a 2-0 lead.

The Flames scored two more goals in the second half, first by Will Cochran, five minutes into the half and then Bryce Ernsberger with 16 minutes remaining.

Nico Samaniego had opportunities in both halves for the Tigers but could not translate them into goals.

"It's been an up-and-down season for us," said Huron coach Matt Asher. "And it was kind of an up-and-down game for us. We had great spots and spots where we could have definitely improved. We were missing our leading assister and second-leading goal scorer (John Dusza) tonight so that kind of hurt us."

"I thought they played hard, they played until the last minute and I'm proud of them." Asher said.

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