Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Lansing Christian at Lenawee Christian (Adrian, MI)
Well tonight the State's 2nd ranked team will face the State's 5th ranked team in a battle that may happen again in the regionals in the chase for a State Title. What a great night for Soccer after a miserable one last night. Game time temperature is 75 degrees and sunshine. LCS comes out on the top of it's game by pressuring Lenawee right from the opening kickoff. Our seniors in Alex and Kyle seem to pressure and find openings in the seems of their defense at will. Our defense is solid and Sal is as physical as can be considered Lenawee is older and bigger than the Pilgrims. Probably the 1st half's biggest highlight for this proud parent is when Lenawee seems to have a big advantage pulling our keeper away from the goal on a ball he thinks he can play. The speed of Lenawee's forward surprises him and sends a roller towards the goal line only to see Sal streak from literally out of nowhere to kick what would have been a 1-0 deficit away and keep us in this one early. WOW is all I can say of the speed and anticipation of this play. The Pilgrims continue their pressure and find a way to send the ball to the middle to bounce off a few defenders and on the foot of Sean Cook who put the ball in the goal for the 1-0 lead about 30 minutes in to the first half. LCS seems to drop back on defense and suffers a big loss on D after Kyle takes a hit at midfield and comes up limping. Except for a short effort in the second half Kyle is done for the night and maybe a few games down the road. This really hurts the Pilgrims as our big physical stopper is not easily replace with anyone on the bench. We continue our stellar defensive play to keep our 1-0 lead at the half. In the second half Lenawee comes out with all guns pressuring a defense that clearly is in need of our stopper. But our Super Sweeper Sal seems to get at every ball and involved in every tackle. What an exciting second half as Grant, Ben, and Sal seem to stop every scoring opportunity the Cougars seem to muster up. Late in the half Alex is called for a tackle of a Lenawee forward in the box. Who knows what happened but our senior needs to control himself as he comes up from the pile screaming at the ref that it wasn't his fault. At this point it doesn't matter as their 8 steps to the PK line and drills it past Taylor to knot this game at 1-1. Five minutes to go and both sides trying everything to get a goal. Lenawee finds a penalty on the top of the box and the Pilgrims line up for the kick. Taylor sets his wall and moves towards the middle of the goal and far post. Their striker finds a hole between our wall and the near post and drills it past a stunned Taylor Riffle and a tired Pilgrim defense. Now with 4 minutes left and down a goal the prevent defense must turn into a all out offensive onslaught which it does as they move Sal up to Mid Field. Why they don't do this sooner in the game I will never know but LCS seems to put pressure on the Cougars unlike any other time in the soccer game. Although Sal played an awesome game he watched from about the 30 yard line as Alex went into the corner and centered a pass that if he was following the play certainly would have had a great opportunity to score. Later in the car he agreeed but it is hard to criticize someone who plays as hard as Sal. We keep the pressure on and have many strikes but none find the back of the net. Time expires and the Pilgrims lose their second game of the season a heart breaker 2-1 to the hands of the Lenawee Cougers. This game in the injury column is worse than it appears. Following the game it is apparant that not only is Kyle hurt but so is our keeper Taylor whose knee is swollen and after a Dr. visit the next day finds out he will have to sit out at least one game and then go back to the Dr. for word on his ability to play in future games. Kyle will sit out at least two or three games and will hopefully be back for the District tournament. Our second ranked Pilgrims now fall to 10-2-1 and will face Ann Arbor Greenhills the team they tied earlier in the season on Thursday afternoon.