Soccer power Lehman blasts Lady Lancers
Friday, August 29, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Cox
Lincolnview’s Autumn Proctor (2) controls the ball as a Lehman defender approaches during the Lancers’ home loss on Thursday evening. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
DHI Media Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT — The Sidney Lehman girls conducted a soccer clinic Thursday while blasting Lincolnview 10-0, featuring outstanding speed, aggressiveness, and ball-handling. This was the first game for both teams in the newly-formed Western Ohio Soccer League. Overall, the Cavaliers are 1-0-1, having previously tied Western Buckeye League power Celina. The Lancers are now 1-2-1.
In 2013, Lehman advanced to the Division III regional final where it lost to eventual state champion Hamilton Badin 1-0. The Cavs were 17-2-1 last year and 16-3 the year before. The head coach during those two years, and only during those two years, was Tony Schroeder, who then resigned and was replaced by assistant Jeremy Lorenzo. The Lehman dominance, however, seems to have continued.
In Thursday’s game the Cavaliers fired an incredible 50 shots, 30 of which were on goal. The Lincolnview goalkeepers, senior Julia Thatcher for the first 35 minutes and freshman Maddie Gorman for the remainder, combined for 21 saves, 10 by Thatcher and 11 by Gorman. On nine of the ten Cavalier goals, the Lancer keeper had no chance. Both Lincolnview goalies aggressively came far out of the net to intercept Cavalier passes, thus preventing even more scores.
At the other end of the pitch, the Lancers got off only one shot, a 20-yard rifle off the foot of Hannah McCleery with 8:50 left in the first half that hit the left post and bounced away. At that point, Lehman already led 5-0, and the Cavs upped the margin to 6-0 by halftime.
Sophomore Kaitrin O’Leary scored five of Lehman’s goals, and senior Ashley Keller had two. Sophomore Hannah Fogt, freshman Molly Safreed, and freshman Brogan McIver had a goal apiece.
The Western Ohio Soccer Conference, girls division, consists of Anna, Botkins, Lehman, Coldwater, Delphos St. John’s, Lima Central Catholic, and Lincolnview. There are several soccer powers in there, and Lancer coach Mark McCleery is well aware of it.
“To schedule those teams, we had to drop some teams we could beat, but this should be good experience for our girls,” said McCleery. “I think they learned today that the things we work on in practice are important to repeat in games, especially against great teams like this.”