Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Lansing Christian at Western Parma
Our first game under the lights and our first game after being named the third ranked team in the state. What a week as we dealt with academics for Sal this week to keep him eligible and we are proud of him as he hit the books hard and got his situation started in a positive way academically speaking. In regards to the game LCS came out strong with a few solid chances early but then just seemed to get lulled to sleep. The Parma Western Panthers struck first on a corner kick from the far side. The ball appeared to go through Tylers hands and bounce off a player to be kicked in from close range to see us trail early 1-0. LCS continued its fight but mistakes riddled the Pilgrims in the first half and for most of the game. Off-sides, poor execution of passing led to many turnovers but it was clear the Pilgrims were a better team but the Panthers of Parma Western just seemed to out hustle and out smart us creating havoc with our young forwards. Sal played great on defense and made many opportunities by our opponants disenegrate before out eys. Later in the first the Panthers were the recipients of a bad play by one of the LCS players who pushed from behind giving them a free kick just outside the box. Poor execution of our wall led to a great shot and goal from the Panthers and the Pilgrims were down 2-0 at the half. The coaches encouraged our boys to shoot in the second half and they did. Within the first 15 minutes we were on the attack and found the back of the net by Brandon Flood only to have it called back because he was offsides. Another costly mistake. Late in the second half Sal was moved up to forward and almost instantly took a pass from Alex Grice and drilled it into goal to narrow the deficit to 2-1. Sal had a breakaway opportunity a few minutes later to be pushed and feet tangled up in the box in which this writer along with the fans thought it should have been a PK and foul. To no avail we trailed and put pressure to score right up to the end. But with no time remaining LCS lost its first game of the season to a team that out hustled us and deserved to win against a team that was better but riddled with mistakes this night. Maybe this will be a solid lesson for this team down the stretch. We close the night with a loss but are still ranked third in the state at least until next week and see our record fall to 9-1-1. Sal was complimented by the opposing coach for his speed and skills and he asked him what grade he was in and surprised to see that he was just a sophmore.