Lady Lancers fly past Falcons, 6-0
LAKEVILLE — LaVille’s girls soccer team started the season with hopes of a repeat Northern State Conference championship.
They’re off to a pretty good start.
The Lady Lancers took care of business quickly against visiting John Glenn Wednesday, jumping out to a 2-0 lead less than seven minutes into the match en route to a 5-0 halftime lead and eventual 6-0 victory over the Falcons at Newton Park.
They remain unblemished in conference play at 3-0 with the win.
“I’m really pleased with the way they came out,” said LaVille head coach Steve Hodge. “It’s a conference game so we take it as a must-win situation whoever we’re playing. I thought we started off really well and kept the pressure up, and we actually put the game away in the first half.”
Heather Roeder scored on a free kick in the sixth minute, and Erin Fuchs followed up with another goal on a Nina Zeiger cross in the box in the seventh minute to give LaVille an early two-goal advantage.
Grace Ingle scored twice within a span of less than three minutes in the 27th and 30th minutes on a dual assist from Fuchs and Zeiger and another from Roeder, respectively, and Lucy Zeiger netted the Lancers their fifth goal on a cross from Mary Davenport with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half to put the game well out of reach.
“We’ve been working on that — to spread the wealth a little bit and get everybody involved that goes up front,” said Hodge. “Whoever gets in position to take the shot has to take the shot. I’ve got to say Grace Ingle has been playing very well all year. Erin’s a freshman and needs some work but is coming; having a goal tonight should help give her that confidence that she can do it again. Nina Zeiger and Heather Roeder were in the middle; they just cut everything out. They like playing together. You could see it in the first half with one-twos and things like that. They kind of set the tone.”
LaVille sophomore Sarah Niespodziany also had a strong outing with numerous shots pressuring the Glenn defense.
“Another player up front Sarah Niespodziany made herself a nuisance out there,” Hodge said. “Took defenders out of the way so it opened up things for Grace and Erin to do their job.”
Glenn played admirably in the second half, holding LaVille to just one goal — an own goal on Kyleigh Breden’s offensive pressure from in close — after the Lancers’ first-half outburst, although the Falcons did benefit from some LaVille lineup shifts with the victory already a foregone conclusion.
“We talked at half about putting it behind us, trying to go 0-0 again,” said Glenn coach Dan Drotar. “Try to keep the game as fun as possible even though we’re down on the scoreboard and still trying to get better in terms of our spacing and our thinking on the field, which I wasn’t displeased with our spacing tonight; there were times when we moved the ball really well.”
“They’re very talented,” Drotar added of LaVille. “They’re so deep that it’s very hard for us to match up. They’re a real good team, and you can’t take that away from them.”
First-year Falcons keeper Sarah Parks put in a creditable performance in goal for the visitors, notching nine saves in the game, but it wasn’t enough to give Glenn a chance with the Lancers controlling possession most of the night for a 15-3 shots on goal-margin.
“She is an outstanding young lady,” said Drotar. “She’s never played goalie before this year. We have another young girl who’s a freshman who’s also playing goal and she got hurt so Sarah’s got the whole deal. She has just worked her butt off, and she’s just getting better and better all the time.”
Glenn slips to 2-5-1 on the season and takes next week off before traveling to Plymouth for a game Sept. 10.
LaVille improves to 5-2 and will host South Bend Riley next Tuesday.
• LaVILLE 6, JOHN GLENN 0
Heather Roeder (free kick), 6th minute
Erin Fuchs (Nina Zeiger), 7th minute
Grace Ingle (Fuchs, Zeiger), 27th minute
Ingle (Roeder), 30th minute
Lucy Zeiger (Mary Davenport), 37th minute
Glenn own goal (Kyleigh Breden), 48th minute
Shots on goal: LaVille 15, John Glenn 3
Saves: LaVille 3 (Breeden 2, Kerri Andert 1), Glenn 9 (Sarah Parks)
Corners: LaVille 8, Glenn 2
Records: Glenn 2-5-1, LaVille 5-2-0 (3-0 NSC)