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Lakewood soccer falls to Lynden Christian Lyncs 3-0


April 18, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Lakewood senior mid Hunter Fuqua battles for possession against the Lyncs defender at Lakewood High School on April 14.

The Lakewood boys soccer team battled it out on their home pitch against the Lynden Christian Lyncs on April 14.

The Cougars put pressure on the Lyncs early as they stayed on the attack and put together multiple strong shots on goal. With a few big saves, Lynden Christian was able to keep the Cougars from finishing in the net. The rest of the first half, both teams continued to play strong defense and no goals were scored. At halftime the score sat at 0-0.

In the second half, Lynden Christian stole the momentum away from the Cougars as they started to push them back on their heels. The Lyncs scored quickly in the 45th minute and then kept the pressure on with another goal a minute later. The Cougars tried to battle back but weren't able to finish their deep runs. Lynden Christian scored once more in the 72nd minute and secured the 3-0 victory over Lakewood.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's freshman mid Tanner Rahberger attacks the ball and launches it upfield against the Lyncs at Lakewood High School on April 14..

"We played a really good first half and kept our shell, but just weren't able to get up on the scoreboard. We have experience, but also start a few young guys up front so we need to develop our ability to finish. If we can learn to finish, then we could be very good," said Lakewood Assistant Coach Rone Brewer.

The Cougars' offense was led by senior mid Austin Venturo and the pair of young forwards, sophomore Joseph McLean and freshman Tanner Rahberger. The trio of offensive players put pressure on Lynden Christian throughout the entire contest and tallied a handful of shots on goal.

On the defensive end, senior keeper Kaleb Duitsman and senior Tom Roe played key roles. Duitsman did a good job of keeping the Lyncs' offense in front of him and making saves all over the field. Roe kept the field clear as he kept pressure off Duitsman from the first to the last whistle.

If you want to cheer on the Cougars, their next home stand will be against the Burlington-Edison Tigers on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.


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