Eagles unable to keep pace with CAI
Supporters filled the recently constructed stands beyond the fence of the Lanesville soccer and track and field complex Monday for the soccer season kick-off match.
On the field, the Eagles had some hiccups on defense, allowing seven goals for visiting Christian Academy of Indiana. The two teams last met in the Class 1A Providence Sectional semi-final, a match the Warriors won 4-0.
The Eagles were able to notch one goal, from the foot of Nick Phillips, to reach the 7-1 final score.
‘It’s a new team,’ Lanesville coach Scott Rogers said. ‘I know it’s a new team and first game for a lot of teams, but we were able to see what game speed was all about today, especially for the new players. We have a lot of freshmen, which is awesome. It’s the building part of our program. We have juniors and seniors coming out for the first time, too.’
In all, the Lanesville roster boasts 35 players, male and female.
‘For the first time players, they were able to see the speed and how the game comes together,’ Rogers said. ‘Now is the part of piecing it together to, hopefully, put it back together for Saturday’s game.’
Christian Academy picked up two-goal performances by senior Cole Ragland and freshman Declan Hamm.
Ragland slipped through the Lanesville defense several times in the first half, finishing off a pair of goals. Another goal by Garrett Couch gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Lanesville’s best scoring chance in the opening half on the hot and muggy afternoon came off a free kick just outside the penalty box. Joe Ferree was brought down by a defender, setting up an opportunity. Lofting the spot kick to the back post, Phillips’ chip gave Ferree a few stabs at goal. Each time, Warriors’ keeper Will Hussung thwarted the efforts.
In the second half, Rogers said his team improved play. After giving up a quick goal to Hamm, Lanesville scored its first of the season.
Running down a ball along the right flank, Phillips shot hard and low toward the back post. The ball cleared Hussung and found the netting. Phillips celebrated with a cartwheel for the home faithful.
Although the Eagles cut the margin to 4-1, they weren’t able to create many additional opportunities. Julien Stewart and Ferree had quality attempts, but neither scored.
‘The first half, we were looking and seeing how the game went,’ Rogers said. ‘The second half, I could see the defense working together more. We started to hold our line and push (CAI) to be offsides. On top of that, we were able to get a goal.’
Rogers said the team was able to pick up game speed as well as get a feel of an 80-minute contest versus a quality opponent.
With a deep roster, Rogers is ready to move forward with the program’s fourth season.
‘I pulled three kids off ‘ it was their first time playing varsity soccer as freshmen ‘ and told them how awesome they did,’ Rogers said. ‘I saw some players taking the lead today. It’s a whole different level. It’s very competitive.’
The match was a debut of sorts in front of the newly redone complex. With the track surface completed and striped, fans and community members were able to get a first-hand look at the results.
The bleachers offered elevated seating off the field, while others were welcome to bring camping chairs or blankets to use on the hillside.
‘Four years and we already have all this,’ Rogers said. ‘It’s great to see.’
Lanesville will return home Saturday to face Rock Creek Academy at 10 a.m.