Lancers spear Rockies 2-1 in physical Senior Night spoiler
PLYMOUTH — With 34 goals on the season, LaVille striker Jordyn Williams knows how to put pressure on a team’s defense.
Williams scored an unassisted equalizer in the seventh minute to tie the game up at 1-all, and his pressure inside the box late resulted in a Plymouth own-goal in the 77th minute to put the visiting Lancers over the top in a Senior Night spoiler at Kindt Soccerplex Thursday.
“We talked before the game that there were two things we wanted to do defensively,” said Plymouth Head Boys Soccer Coach Josh Martin. “We wanted to deny the service from the middle of the field — those long balls that they wanted to play to Williams, that way we wouldn’t have to worry about him. That first goal he got, we played five, 10 yards off one of their midfielders, they popped one in and he gets the ball to his feet. He was beating two, three guys at one time. We talked that he was going to be a real problem for us.”
“Williams is I believe the number two scorer in the state right now if you check out Varvee.com,” said LaVille Head Coach Kevin Christy. “He’s up there in assists as well, so it’s not that he’s just going in there and putting the ball in the goal. He’s finding (Craig) Romano, he’s finding a couple players. He’s a special talent.”
“It was a good win tonight,” Christy added. “They fought hard. Obviously, maybe a little too hard at times.”
The night was a special one intended to commemorate Plymouth senior Evan Glaub’s late mother and former PHS teacher Nancy Jaynes and to raise money for the fight against breast cancer, but the game took an ugly turn with 11:11 to go as players nearly got into a brawl along the spectator side of the field. PHS Athletic Director Roy Benge jumped the fence to clear it up, officials handed out a pair of red cards to players from both teams, and a timeout was called for coaches to corral their players. Several minutes passed before play resumed, and LaVille got the own goal on an errant clear attempt inside the Plymouth 18-yard box to salt the win away.
“Hopefully people know that players were talking back and forth the entire game. We tried to control them, and I’m not happy with it,” said a flustered Christy. “I do like the fact that both teams are now down a man, both teams come back and played the last 11 minutes and 11 seconds hard with no fouls. They collected themselves on both sides of the field.
“Plymouth’s a great team. They are in a brutal conference, and they are a better team than what their record will ever show this season. I wish them the best going forward.”
The Rockies took the initial lead at the game when senior midfielder Maynor Galeano used a free kick just outside the LaVille penalty box to hook up with Daniel Smith — newly returned from an extended break due to injury — for a goal in the fifth minute.
“We got a nice little set piece from Maynor Galleano, and Dan Smith just finally got healthy again and made a difference again for us tonight,” said Martin.
Plymouth nearly went ahead 2-1 in the 38th minute as Galeano took a well-placed shot on a free kick, but the visitors got a lift from back-up goalie Jeff Haygood, who made a diving save to preserve the tie with starting goalkeeper Joey Vest out with a yellow card, one of four yellows and six total cards handed out at the physical contest.
“We had our opportunities. That penalty kick, their keeper made a terrific save that could have put us right back in the game,” said Martin.
“Their back-up made a stellar save. It looked like it was heading for the panel, and penalty kicks are all about guessing the right way and he guessed the right way. It was a low shot, he got his hand on it, and you’ve got to take your hat off. That gave them a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence to keep us out of there.”
“An absolutely unreal save on a pk,” said Christy. “The interesting twist to that is when Joey Vest was a freshman, he comes in on a pk in sectional and makes a save. We get a yellow card on our goalie his freshman year and he comes in and saves the senior keeper. Now we have Jeff Haygood sitting behind Joey and doing as many reps as Vest as hard as Vest, and once it’s needed, our back-up keeper gets it done.”
Plymouth paid tribute both to James and to a deep cast of 11 seniors at Thursday’s game, including Galeano, Smith, Glaub, Charlie Brown, Brandon Baird, Oscar Aguilar, Andrw Youst, Michael Yoder, Micah Harner, Ben Shortt and Aaram Kamali.
“We were pleased with a lot of play tonight,” said Martin. “Obviously Maynor Galleano and Brandon Baird in the midfield really got things rolling for us. Great passers of the ball and dribbling. Michael Yoder on the flanks really helped us push. Daniel Smith and Andrew Youst up top, those guys have great speed; they got in the box several times for us and gave us some opportunities. Charlie Brown back in the goal really made some fine saves. Even some of the guys that didn’t get as much time, Shortt and Kamali got in there for some short spurts and gave us some nice minutes. Oscar Aguilar out on the wings dribbled into the middle of the field quite a few times and offensively really kick-started some things for us. We got a really great united effort from our seniors tonight.”
The game also saw a check for $4,500 presented from Ounce of Prevention to Glaub for the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Fund as Plymouth players decked out in pink to raise awareness about breast cancer.
“A really special game tonight, $4,000-some dollars for a wonderful cause,” Martin said. “Evan Glaub, obviously a really special night for him in memory of his mom Nancy Jaynes. A wonderful teacher, I had the pleasure of teaching with her, and I’ve had the pleasure of coaching all of her sons. Evan’s the last one and he played his heart out tonight. I guess he was really torn up that we weren’t able to pull this one out tonight.
“We didn’t win, but we won tonight. We’re pretty pleased.”
The Rockies slip to 4-7-3 on the year and will try to put the loss behind them as they host Northern Lakes Conference foe Northridge Saturday, while LaVille improves to 13-2-1 and will take a week off before playing Bremen for a share of the Northern State Conference next Wednesday.
“They beat us 2-1 the first meeting a couple weeks ago, and we’re hoping to come back and get one on then to tie for the conference,” said Christy.
• LaVILLE 2, PLYMOUTH 1
Plymouth — Daniel Smith (Maynor Galeano), 5th minute
LaVille — Jordyn Williams, 7th minute
LaVille — Plymouth own goal (Williams), 77th minute
Shots on goal: LaVille 5, Plymouth 11
Saves: Charlie Brown (Plymouth) 9; Joey Vest (LaVille) 9, Jeff Haygood (LaVille) 1
Corners: LaVille 3, Plymouth 6
Records: LaVille 13-2-1, Plymouth 4-7-3
JV score: Plymouth 1, LaVille 1