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Edison edges past Huron again for sectional title

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 10:57 PM

MILAN — Edison and Huron battled for 240 minutes this season — the equivalent to exactly four hours.

On Tuesday, it was a corner kick again by the Chargers that proved to be the difference.

Nick Lombardi's goal in the 38th minute was the only one, leading Edison to a 1-0 win over the Tigers in a Division II sectional title match at Edison High School.

The No. 4 seed Chargers improved to 11-4-2 and will face No. 2 Lexington next Monday at Clyde High School at 7 p.m. in a district semifinal. Huron fell to 11-4-2.

"It was the third time playing Huron and it was a hard fought battle for 80 minutes," Edison coach Kurri Lewis said. "We squeaked one goal in and that is all we needed. Anytime you play somebody three times, it is hard to pick up three positive results. Fortunately, we did."

Lombardi's score was set up by a corner from Dylan O'Dell.

"We worked on some different things on corner kicks in practice," Lewis said. "We were not capitalizing on them like we should. That particular corner, we had somebody take it that usually does not, and I put a guy in the back post that I usually don't and it worked. Practice paid off."

Lombardi had a chance just a few minutes earlier, but his shot went high. That was on a rebound after a Chargers shot hit the left post.

In the second half, the Chargers continued with pressure. Kyle Summerland's shot was stopped by Huron goalie Josh Langan in the 46th minute. Langan also stopped Anferny DeLeon in the 55th minute.

"The goal in the first half was huge," Lewis said. "Anytime you can take a lead is huge. It is also very dangerous knowing that you have to protect a lead for 40 minutes."

Ian Janssen's shot in the 59th minute, and Bryan Johnston's free kick shot in the 66th minute were also denied.

The Tigers got their best chances in the final 13 minutes. Drew Mamere had a free kick saved by Edison goalie Austin Hancock. Then, things nearly got weird. Erich Taubennestler's cross was met by Lucas Weber. His shot was saved, but Hancock nearly fell into his own goal, which would have tied the game.

Nonetheless, the game remained 1-0.

"I think Edison's defense is tremendous," Huron coach Matt Asher said. "They are big, physically, and fast. James Hill is a great leader in the back, and he is a big part of why their defense is so good."

Another weird goal nearly occurred in the final minute. Manere sent a shot in from near midfield with 40 seconds left. The goal ticked off the crossbar and out of bounds, sealing the Edison win.

The two teams were nearly the exact same. As well as having the same overall record now, the teams split the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division title with league records of 7-1-2.

"These two teams started out at the University of Findlay camp and we got a picture together," Asher said. "We ended the season playing for the league championship and in the sectional. The kids have played together and the teams are super close, both as friends and as competitors. It has been a close matchup all three times."

The Chargers picked up a 1-0 win at home on Aug. 29, while the two teams played to a 0-0 tie with the SBC title on the line in Huron on Oct. 11.

"I think the two teams are pretty much the same in paper," Lewis said. "Both teams work very hard. We are pretty much dead even on paper, and when we play them on the field. We are very, very even."

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