Community bonfire celebrates Perrysburg soccer team

PERRYSBURG, Oh (WTVG) - Taking a break from the practice field, the Perrysburg Yellow Jacket soccer team celebrated the season and the possibilities ahead.

"I feel very excited, but it's mostly nerves," Lydia Knowlton, a sophomore on the team, said. "It's a big game."

Friday, the team is heading to Columbus for the state title game. It's a moment they've worked for all season.

"We're definitely super excited because we haven't made it to states since 2012," Sarah Olmstead, a junior on the team said.

"Right now, they're believing. These wins have propelled us to where we are now," Jorge Diaz, the head coach, said.

Diaz says he's known from the beginning that this team was special.

"We have a tremendous goalie, great defense, so if we keep them off the net, I think we'll get a victory," he said.

His players agree, adding their bond is unique.

"They're all my best friends," Knowlton said. "I've been on many club teams but it's the best connection. We all care about each other and we're always pushing each other to be our best."

The night before the big game, parents and students wanted to show their support and take some time to unwind before game time. Come sunrise, it will be back to work.

"This group is special," Diaz said.

The school district is planning a sendoff celebration Friday morning at 11:45. The game starts at 7, Friday night.