|Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:51 PM
|Issue of September 17, 2014
September 03, 2014 | 11:33 AM
The waiting game continued.
Sunshine began to peek from the north. A rainbow attempted yet failed to form to the east. It was lightning and rumbles of thunder over the hills to the south that wouldn't go away.
Eventually, after 90 minutes of waiting, Lanesville and Henryville finally hit the pitch to play boys' soccer last Wednesday.
Bolstered by three Taylor Patterson goals, Lanesville won easily over visiting Henryville, 5-0. The game, shortened to two 35-minute halves, was cut even shorter with 7:30 left on the score clock.
"I was glad to see my kids stay focused," Lanesville coach Scott Rogers said. "With kids, you never know; they can lose focus real quick, but they waited it out. They came on the field ready to go."
Patterson netted the game's first goal 11 minutes in from close range. His other two goals, came from distance.
With 8:15 to play in the first half, Patterson took a pass from defender Anthony Stilger and drove a hard ball from outside the 18 to the back of the net.
Six minutes later, Patterson struck again. Smashing a low knuckler, the Henryville keeper froze in his spot as the ball whizzed past. The score put Lanesville up 4-0 at the half.
"The goals really helped us because I was hoping we could get a big lead so I could play the JV since their game wasn't going to be played," Rogers said.
Despite the program being in its third year, the level of interest is on a rapid incline. The roster is filled with 27 players, boys and girls, wearing the purple and white.
"The only way we are going to grow at Lanesville is to get playing time for a lot of kids, so we're trying to play as many JV games as possible," Rogers said.
The coach added that he was a freshman when Corydon Central began its soccer program and doesn't recall the interest peaking at the rate it is in Eagles country.
"It's unreal, way over my expectations," Rogers said. "For us, in the third year, to see where we've advanced on the field and number-wise, is great to see."
Against Henryville, another small school with the sidelines filled with co-ed players, Lanesville was able to control the match. In the 20th minute, Andrew Kennedy lofted a well-placed chip over the Hornets' defense and to the feet of Baron West. Using speed to leave the central defenders behind, West was one on one with the keeper, scooting a shot between his legs for a score.
The second half, played with little light behind the clouds and sunset, saw one goal. With 12 minutes to go, Kennedy broke through to score for the Eagles.
Earning the clean sheet in goal was Caleb Gresham.
A season ago, the Eagles won the program's first postseason game, knocking off Christian Academy of Indiana. The Warriors got revenge the opening week, topping the Eagles. Coupled with a loss to Rock Creek Academy, Lanesville is off to a 1-2 start.
"I lost a lot to graduation, but we still have some familiar faces," Rogers said of his team. "I came back with a lot of athletes. They have the endurance to play soccer. They don't stop and want to learn. The heart is there, which is good to see at a young age."
There are some newbies as well. Rogers pointed toward defender Elise Lawson, playing soccer for the first time, as one of the team's key athletes.
"She'll do anything she can to do the job right, which is what you need in soccer," the coach said. "Hopefully, as a team, we can keep taking steps forward."
Lanesville will return to action tonight (Wednesday) when the Eagles travel to Austin. The Eagles will return home Saturday to face Mitchell at noon.