The Lakewood boys soccer team hosted the Nooksack Valley Pioneers on March 26 in an a game that was exciting from the very beginning.
The Cougars came out aggressive as they used their ball movement and speed to get past the Pioneers' defense early and often. Within the first five minutes of the game Lakewood scored two goals back-to-back to establish a 2-0 lead. They continued to stay aggressive making deep runs into Nooksack Valley territory. Through the rest of the first half the Cougars scored three more times in the 14th, 18th and 20th minutes.
In the second half the Pioneers came out firing as they scored their first goal of the game in the 42nd minute. Lakewood answered once again a few minutes later as they scored in the 49th minute. Neither team scored for the rest of the game as the Cougars earned their first win of the season with a final score of 6-1.
“We came in with an intention to implement our game plan and I think for the first time this year we were able to do that. They’re getting the mechanics, they’re trusting the system, trusting each other and they showed what they could do scoring five goals in the first 25 minutes,” said Lakewood Head Coach Nick Anderson.
The Cougars were led by their sophomores Tanner Rahberger and Jared Wolfson. Rahberger, mid, earned the first goal of the game while also dishing out two assists later in the first half. Wolfson scored two goals in the first half, in the first 20 minutes, while also earning two assists.
With the number of goals scored by Lakewood there is a long list of contributors. Three other players scored goals for the Cougars including junior mid Hong Yi-Wu, junior defender Ethan Sidick and senior forward Diego Cueva. Lakewood’s junior forwards Joseph McLean and Enzo Sirigu also added to the stat line with an assist each.
Mamudou Fofana, Cougars’ sophomore goal keeper, also notched his first win as a varsity starter as he only allowed one goal all game.
If you want to come out and support the Cougars their next home game will be against the Burlington-Edison Tigers on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.