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Top-Ranked Flames Stay Unbeaten at Ontario

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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It was another dominant performance by top-ranked Mansfield Christian Thursday night at Ontario, although their splendor wouldn't come until the second half.

The Flames, ranked number one in Division III, took a 1-0 lead in just 32 seconds, but the Warriors answered with a goal of their own exactly two minutes later. The rest of the first half then belonged to MC, even though they had little to show for it.

"We hit the post a few times; we went wide a few times," says Flames assistant coach Jesse Rider. "For our guys it was a little bit in our psyche."

MC put 18 shots on net to Ontario's four in the opening half, but would only find the back of it once more on a late goal by Jared McPeek, his second of the half. Leading 2-1 at the break, Flames junior defender Danny White says the coaches, "inspired them" with their halftime speech, and it would show on the field.

MC put 14 second half shots on frame and would connect on four of them. Sophomore keeper Luke Dilley, making just his second career start with JP Trueblood sidelined, would also come up big with seven total saves. The Flames would beat the Warriors 6-1 to preserve their undefeated season, but senior Eric Laub says it's just another stepping stone to the team's ultimate goal.

"We're looking at bigger and better things here," Laub says. "We just gotta move to the next game. Can't think about what we've done so far."

The defending state champions have done plenty to this point, extending the longest unbeaten streak in Ohio to 28 matches. With just two games remaining before tournament, at Cardinal Mooney (5-6-2) on Saturday and at home against Horizon Science Academy (6-4-1) October 15, the Flames have a legitimate shot at the program's first undefeated regular season.   

The Warriors (8-5-1) wrap-up their regular season with matches at Sandusky (8-4-2) and at home against Upper Sandusky (5-7-1). 

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