Lakeview soccer splits at GINW
Lakeview soccer teams returned to the field Thursday looking for a bounce-back performance after suffering season-opening losses to Scotus Central Catholic on Monday.
The boys and girls were in action at Central Conference foe Grand Island Northwest. The Viking boys entered having won just one of the previous five against Northwest while the girls were on a seven-match win streak.
Those trends continued as the Lakeview girls claimed a 5-4 victory while the boys were defeated 6-1.
LAKEVIEW GIRLS 5, NORTHWEST 4: Lakeview senior Gracie Borer put together a Hat Trick, the final goal of which proved to be the game-winner in the 59th minute.
The contest was tied four times and was a 4-4 tie at halftime before Borer broke free on a through ball and capitalized to the back of the net.
Makenna Klug and Carly Schaad were the other Lakeview goal scorers. Klug also assisted on a goal as did fellow senior Emily Van Cleave.
A defensive adjustment, though, was where the game turned.
“We put Allison Loseke on the back line, and we shut them out in the second half. It really helped us,” coach Mike Zimmerman said. “She’s really fast and aggressive.
Zimmerman also credited the play of freshman defender Lilly Rowe in the defense finding some consistency late in the match.
“She’s really giving a good effort running people down and causing problems for teams,” Zimmerman said.
NORTHWEST 6, LAKEVIEW BOYS 1: Northwest scored four times in the first half, had a Hat Trick from sophomore Parker Janky and dropped the Lakeview boys to 0-2.
“We looked 200 percent better than we did in the home opener. We were pressuring Northwest faster to give them less time on the ball. Northwest only had two uncontested balls after a punt or goal kick as opposed to 10-plus against Scotus,” coach Joe Madden said.
“Carlos Aleman did great in goal with 13 saves. Forward Jony Lopez also stepped up with a goal. The 6-1 score seemed to be a reflection of our fitness more than anything else. Decision-making, being physical and connecting passes were way up. I am really proud of how well the boys are improving after finally having a few days outside.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.