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First Eagle soccer season closes with big, wet finish

First Eagle soccer season closes with big, wet finish
First Eagle soccer season closes with big, wet finish
Lanesville’s Caleb Cornwell (15) slides in to knock away the ball from Providence’s Pierce Crawley. The Eagles had two goals from Andrew Kennedy despite losing 6-2 Monday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

They didn’t care about the four-goal deficit; Lanesville just wanted the clock to stop.
After scoring their second goal with less than a minute to play, the Eagles players wanted the scoreboard clock to stop sooner. Although they were down 6-2 to Class A Sectional host Providence, Lanesville wanted those extra seconds to prolong its inaugural season of boys’ soccer.
In the end, the 6-2 score remained the same Monday night on a muddy, rain-soaked field in Clarksville.
‘They held their own through the whole game,’ Lanesville coach Scott Rogers said. ‘For our first year at sectional, our kids did a nice job. They played hard even though we were down.’
Providence netted five of its six goals in the first half, with all six coming from forward Pierce Crawley. Although the Pioneers scored six, Lanesville goalkeeper Kevin Schulze made several quality saves.
‘It was a good experience for Kevin because he held his own,’ Rogers said of his keeper. ‘He made some nice stops in pressure, which impressed me.’
Following Providence’s five goals in the first half, Lanesville found more opportunities in the second despite heavier precipitation.
Crawley scored his sixth goal early in the frame, but Schulze and the Eagles’ defense kept Providence off the board after that.
Inside the final five minutes, Lanesville’s Alec Turner served a corner into the 18-yard box. The loft connected with the head of Andrew Kennedy, who flicked the ball into the back of the net.
‘I don’t think we were going to walk away until we scored one,’ Rogers said. ‘We did our best to try to score, and we did it.’
For good measure, Kennedy put in another goal minutes later.
Rogers said the team expected to play in the sloppy conditions.
‘I knew it would be like this,’ he said. ‘We were just hoping it would die down a bit, but it actually got heavier.’
As a show of celebration for the 4-4-2 record to close the Eagles’ first season, the team raced across the soggy pitch with players sliding a great distance on their knees. The jubilation was for their supporters, most whom were wearing rain jackets or grasping umbrellas.
‘Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better season or a better team,’ Rogers said. ‘The Lanesville Eagles have tremendous support from the school and community. It’s something we’ll build on for years to come.’
A jump-start on next season begins soon. Rogers said they will work to find more games for the schedule.
There will also be more opportunities for the lesser experienced players, or those interested in playing next year, to additionally hone their skills.
‘I’m going to encourage the team to play some indoor soccer at the YMCA, then offer something in the spring and also a summer camp,’ Rogers said. ‘We encourage other kids that are interested in playing to come out.’
This season, Rogers said there were three players who have played soccer since they were around 5 years old.
‘That shows we have little experience,’ he said. ‘To think some only have experience through the summer, then we come out and play well with Providence shows we can do well. I told the kids there are some years teams don’t get this close to a team of Providence’s level.’
With the opening season in the books, Lanesville embarks on the off-season with sights set on next year’s sectional.
In the night cap, Silver Creek eliminated Rock Creek Academy by a 2-1 score. Providence and Silver Creek will meet in one semi-final today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. The opposite semi-final pits North Harrison against Christian Academy of Indiana at 7 p.m. The championship will take place Saturday at 6 p.m.