Wolverines get fifth straight district title

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Both boys soccer teams had key players missing, but it was Western Hills which played the best Saturday in a 3-0 win over Frankfort High to claim the District 18 championship at Sower Soccer Field.

"We were solid today," Western Hills coach Gary Rue said of his team's play, which earned the Wolverines their fifth straight district title.

Western Hills was without star defender Matt Vossmer for a third straight game and Tyler Toncray, one of the team's leading scorers, was also sitting out. Both players received red cards recently but both will return to action Tuesday in the regional tournament.

Frankfort, meanwhile, was missing senior midfielder Ramie Hutchison, who was attending a funeral in Pennsylvania.

"Western Hills came out strong considering they were missing two players," FHS coach Sherrill Smith said. "They played well and we didn't adjust as well without Ramie on our side.

"I was pleased with the way we played, but not with the way we attacked the ball on offense."

"Ramie's a good crosser from the wing, so they really missed him," Vossmer said of Hutchison.

Both teams had scoring opportunities early, but it was Western Hills which got on the board first, thanks to an own goal. Frankfort defender Max McClellan was trying to clear the ball after keeper Jared Deaton came out of goal. McClellan, who had Western Hills' O.J. Oleka right behind him, got twisted trying to send the ball away and inadvertently sent it into the Panther net.

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