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Battle Creek Lakeview disqualified from boys soccer postseason for playing too many games

By: , October 16, 2019, 3:06 pm

The MHSAA announced Wednesday afternoon that Battle Creek Lakeview’s boys soccer team had been disqualified from further competition in the Division 1 state tournament, having exceeded the number of regular-season games allowed by rule.

By rule, no team may play more than 18 regular-season contests. Lakeview is credited with a 13-5-2 record, without counting forfeit losses to Mattawan (Oct. 8) and Battle Creek Central (Oct. 10, in district play).

Lakeview was the top-seeded team in the Portage Central district bracket.

The Spartans beat Battle Creek Central, 7-1 last Thursday, in the first round of play in the district action, and was set to play Kalamazoo Loy Norrix in the district semifinals on Wednesday.

[For the boys soccer district pairings, CLICK HERE.]

Loy Norrix gets a bye into the finals — scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 — opposite the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Portage Central and Portage Northern. Battle Creek Central gets credit for a 1-0 forfeit win in round one, but does not advance.

— MATTHEW B. MOWERY