As Lakeview was losing players to various injuries, Noah Busefink remained a constant for the Bulldogs.

Busefink was the Bulldogs’ top scorer for the third straight season with 35 goals and 15 assists. Lakeview went 17-2 before falling 1-0 to Howland in a shootout in a Division II soccer district final.

“I always feel like I have a big weight on my shoulders, regardless [of the team’s status],” Busefink said. “I definitely had to step up with some guys going down.”

Some of the signature wins picked up by the Bulldogs included victories against Canfield, Poland and South Range, which was promoted to Division II this fall after years as a D-III power.

“We had a lot of depth and we had great coaching,” Busefink said. “Guys stepped up big time and we were sent out the right way.”

Modeling his game after Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez of the English Premier League, Busefink used his speed to antagonize defenses across Trumbull County for the past four years.

He served as Lakeview’s kicker on the football team, but otherwise plays the beautiful game year round.

“Soccer is a creative game and the more you play it, the better you get at it,” Busefink said. “I always have my offseason, my workouts. I’m in the weight room and I’m constantly running. I try to increase my speed as much as I can because its such a huge factor.”

Busefink said he will play soccer in college, but hasn’t decided on a school. He said mostly D-II and D-III schools are looking at him.

Brian Dzenis

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