Spartans hand Lancers 5-1 loss
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM
BY JOHN PARENT
Lincolnview’s Austin Leeth (11) and Cole Schmersal (15) converge on Lima Senior’s Adrian Jones during the Spartans’ 5-1 season-opening win on Saturday at Lincolnview High School. Leeth assisted on the Lancers’ lone goal. (DHI Media/John Parent)
DHI Media Sports Editor
MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview boys soccer program is littered with new faces. From new coach Britt Munson to a host of new players, the Lancers opened the 2014 season against a deeper and more experienced Lima Senior squad at Lincolnview High School on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a game effort, the Lancers trailed 5-0 before a late goal set the final margin at 5-1.
Lancer goal keeper Chandler Adams was kept busy by the visiting Spartans, but was up the the task early on, holding Lima Senior to one goal in the game’s first half despite facing a near constant attack. In the second half, the Spartan pressure began to break down the Lancer defenses.
“Facing as many shots as he did, that’s coming against a unit (the Lancer defense) that’s not completely together yet,” Munson said of his goal keeper. Adams finished with 19 saves.
Windy conditions tilted the field in favor of the Lancers in the first half, but Lima Senior’s defensive midfield made penetration difficult for Lincolnview.
“We’ve worked really hard this year with our defense, their shape and their form,” Lima Senior coach Mitch Monfort explained. “Also, (we worked with) our mids and how they are supposed to apply pressure on the ball and where to force passes.”
In the second half, with the Spartans now playing with the wind at their backs, offense came more easily. Lima Senior scored goals at 36:13 and again at 34:05 to create a 3-0 game. Four minutes later, Senior High’s Colton Fry scored the first of his two goals, a crossing shot from 24 yards away that trickled through the Lancer keeper. Fry would make it 5-0 with 13:30 to play when he carried the ball to the short corner and slid a shot past Adams.
The Lancers finally mounted a successful attack with under six minutes to play. Junior Austin Leeth collected the ball at the right corner of the penalty box and found Hayden Ludwig streaking down the left side. Ludwig was able to beat the Spartan keeper to break up the shut out.
Senior High tested Adams with 24 shots on goal. Lincolnview managed just eight against two different Spartan keepers.
Though the result wasn’t what they wanted, Munson saw positive signs from his team.
“Overall, as a unit, we’re playing pretty well, we just have some things to work on defensively,” Munson said. “That’s the key, we didn’t quit, we can build on the positive things that happened.”