Martin ignites Phoenix to 1st place at LCL soccer tourney
HARTLAND — Lucas Martin scored five goals and assisted on two others as Luther Prep took two convincing boys soccer wins on its way to taking the Lake Country Lutheran Tournament Saturday.
The Phoenix followed up Friday’s 5-2 win over the hosts with a 6-1 dusting of Martin Luther that lasted only 60 minutes due to heat and a lack of ML subs.
“We played three games in three days and these boys worked hard in all three games,” Luther Prep coach Marty Pagel said. “I am glad that they have three wins to show for it, especially in such heat.”
Martin set up an open Isaias Santos to start the scoring after 14 seconds elapsed in Saturday’s finale. Xander Heiman doubled the lead just 3:24 later and sophomore Jed Mittelstadt found a cutting Martin for a 3-0 lead just inside 22 minutes of play.
After an ML goal, Gideon Kroll was set up nicely by Martin for a tally in the 35th minute. Alex Lawrence set up Martin for a pair of pretty goals 84 seconds apart late in the first half.
In Friday’s tourney opener, Steven Islas put the hosts on the board in just 39 seconds but Caleb Hengst pulled the Phoenix even exactly a minute later by bombing a free kick from his own half over the keeper. The guests took the lead in the 54th minute when senior Alex Lawrence juked his way through the Lightning defense before netting the finish.
Islas would bring the hosts even less than two minutes later before the Phoenix finished with a late flurry. Martin chested the ball down in his own half and slalomed five defenders before finding the net in the 85th minute.
When Santos drew a penalty, Lawrence converted from the spot in the final minute. Martin capped the win with a second tally just before the final whistle.
“We definitely have some things to clean up but what a great win for these guys who have worked so hard to get to this point,” Pagel said.
“Props to them for continually hustling after a hot game yesterday.”
Luther Prep (3-0) hosts Brookfield Academy Tuesday.
LUTHER PREP 6, MARTIN LUTHER 1
Luther Prep 6 0 — 6
Martin Luther 1 0 — 1
LP — Santos (Martin) 0:14
LP — Heiman 3:38
LP — Martin (Mittelstadt) 21:56
ML — Meaux 28:10
LP — Kroll (Martin) 34:14
LP — Martin (Lawrence) 39:19
LP — Martin (Lawrence) 40:43
LUTHER PREP 5,
LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN 2
Luther Prep 1 4 — 5
LCL 1 1 — 2
LCL — Islas 0:39
LP — Hengst 1:39
LP — Lawrence 53:19
LCL — Islas 54:57
LP — Martin 84:14
LP — Lawrence (pk) 89:09
LP — Martin 89:57
Yellow cards: LP, Martin.