Fans will be in for a treat Saturday when two exciting boys’ soccer teams clash to see who will be the Class A Providence Sectional champions.
The teams will be host Providence and the Lanesville Eagles after both teams won their respective semifinals matches on Wednesday. In Wednesday’s opener, Lanesville needed a penalty-kick shootout to beat Christian Academy, 3-2. The Pioneers then won the nightcap over Rock Creek Academy, 5-0.
Both teams have a fast-paced offensive attack and like to control the time of possession with intelligent play and good heads-up passing. These are two very evenly-matched teams with the only advantage possibly being the Providence crowd and the comfort the Pioneers will have playing on their home field. Providence expected to be in the championship, but not many pegged Lanesville to be in the title tilt on Saturday.
“This is a really big step. This is a two-year program, and we have came a long way in a very short time,” said Lanesville coach Scott Rogers. “These kids really want this. They are coming together very well, and that is what it is all about.”
“This is gonna be a tough match” Pioneer coach Brandon Rogers said. “[Lanesville] just beat our rivals. We didn’t expect that. We have to come prepared. If we attack like we did tonight, we have a chance.”
Both teams will look to control the ball and keep it in their possession, as this championship should be a very interesting contest. The game will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Providence.
LANESVILLE 3, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2
In the first game, Lanesville edged Christian Academy in a very hard-fought physical encounter. The back-and-forth game took 14 minutes of overtime and penalty kicks to be decided.
Christian Academy sophomore Garrett Couch got things started with a penalty kick 10 minutes into the match to give the Warriors a quick 1-0 lead. Lanesville responded when senior Micah Lane sliced one in shortly after knotting things up at one.
With the score 1-1 at halftime, the second half turned into a very exciting 40 minutes of soccer. Both teams picked up the intensity as the future of both clubs was now in the balance.
“It was two great teams. Neither team would give up. I loved it,” said Scott Rogers.
Both teams were having to work especially hard to get any shots on goal, none which came to be clean looks. It wasn’t until about two minutes left in regulation when Lanesville took its first lead of the game off an unassisted Taylor Patterson goal.
The lead was short-lived as Warrior forward Minho Lee finally broke free for a very nice goal with a little more than a minute left in the game.
After two seven-minute overtime periods and both teams still tied at two, it came down to penalty kicks to see who would be moving forward.
Lanesville got off to a good start with two consecutive misses from Christian Academy and three straight goals from the Eagles’ Anthony Stilger, Andrew Kennedy and Patterson, the Eagles looked to be in prime condition to make it to the championship game.
After a Lanesville miss and three straight Warrior goals from Sean Kim, Trent Kastenschmidt, and James Martin the game came down to one kick. Lane would be the guy to take that kick for Lanesville, as he sprayed the back of the net propelling the Eagles to the title tilt.