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Eagles win 1st sectional game in PKs


Providence prevails in final


October 16, 2013 | 10:32 AM

At the conclusion of 94 minutes of soccer, the energy tank may have read close to E on Lanesville players, but it wasn't noticeable during a wild celebration.

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Players from Lanesville mob around teammate Micah Lane after his penalty kick score against Christian Academy of Indiana helped provide the program with its first postseason victory. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
Entrenched in a penalty kick shootout, Lanesville's Micah Lane took three quick steps and struck the final attempt for the Eagles into the back of the net. The score gave Lanesville a 4-3 victory in the PKs over Christian Academy of Indiana last Wednesday in the Class A Providence boys' soccer sectional.

Once the ball crossed the goal line, the flock of Eagles players took flight from the sideline to circle around Lane, jumping around with broad smiles.

"That was crazy," Lane said after the match. "Being a sectional, that was one of the best, hardcore, non-stop games I've ever played. Everybody was after each other."

At the end of regulation, the score was tied at 1, but a pair of goals were scored by each team in the first seven-minute overtime.

Lanesville took an initial lead with 2:40 to play in the period when Taylor Patterson struck a long shot that was misplayed by the CAI keeper. The ball found its way into the goal to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

The lead lasted 90 seconds. Hitting a long pass over the top, Minho Lee chased the ball down then struck a firm shot from the left wing that tucked under the crossbar, knotting the game at 2.

"That is what CAI is good at," Lanesville coach Scott Rogers said. "I couldn't stress it enough at practice. We did a drill for an hour and the kids were getting tired of it, but we knew how Christian Academy plays. They have small, fast players out there that will run right around you. I give it to my kids; they didn't stop. They were constantly talking and communicating, and that is what it takes."

Both teams had opportunities in the second overtime, with Lanesville's Erica Daly, Joe Ferree and Lane attempting shots, but no one scored.

Heading into the shootout, CAI misfired on its first two opportunities with efforts from Garret Couch and Cole Ragland missing wide of target.

Lanesville took the lead, converting its first four attempts. Anthony Stilger calmed the nerves by outguessing the CAI keeper for the first goal, while Andrew Kennedy and Patterson drilled their shots into the net.

CAI gave itself a shot with Sean Kim, Trent Kastenschmidt and James Martin converting opportunities. Lanesville had one miss when Brendan Umensetter's shot on target was punched away.

Taking the final kick for the Eagles was Lane. The senior wasted little time after the whistle blew then igniting a celebration of the second-year program's first win in sectional play.

"I'm still trying to get back to reality," Rogers said. "A two-year program; just to see the kids come together means so much. You don't usually see that, that fast, especially in soccer. The friendship they have formed in just a short amount of time is something I'm proud of."

The win over CAI was a bit of an upset considering the Warriors won the regular season meeting 4-1. The first meeting happened to be Lanesville's first match of the season.

"They beat us earlier in the year, so we knew we had to come in to this game and push with everything we got," Lane said.

Among the big differences in the second meeting, according to Lane, was better organization.

"We knew what we wanted to do offensively and defensively," he said. "Each of us knew our positions better than the last time we played them, so we were better prepared."

In the first half of play, Couch put CAI on the board first when he converted a penalty kick. Lanesville bounced back with an unassisted goal by Lane in the 16th minute.

Heading to PKs isn't something new for the young Eagles program.

Lanesville won the Silver Creek Invitational in a shootout versus Louisville Southern.

The celebration at sectional was a little different for the Eagles coach.

"At the Charlestown Invitational, I was the first one out there to give the hugs to Kevin Schulze, our goalie, but today I just stood there and watched the kids celebrate. I was just happy to see it," Rogers said.

The win was something Lane is proud of.

"It's awesome," he said. "I can't wait to come back to see where the program is after I graduate. I wish we could have started this five years ago."

"To have those 10 seniors who helped start Lanesville soccer, this means everything to them right now," Rogers said. "It means a lot to all of them."

Lanesville advanced to the sectional final to play Providence.

Final: Providence 2, Lanesville 0

Providence reached the Class A Providence Sectional final by posting a pair of shutouts against North Harrison (2-0) and Rock Creek Academy (5-0).

In the championship, the Pioneers (11-6-2) continued the trend, eliminating the upset hopes of Lanesville with a 2-0 score Saturday.

Limited to four shots on goal, Lanesville's offensive chances were limited. Providence, however, was able to get off 11 shots on target, making good on two, one in each half.

Lanesville nearly held Providence scoreless in the first half, but the Pioneers scored with a minute before the intermission. Logan Rauck was able to net the goal to put the Pioneers ahead 1-0 at half.

It wasn't until the 74th minute that Providence added the insurance goal. Rauck assisted Juston Betz for a score.

The loss ended Lanesville's season with a 9-5-1 record.

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