Lake wins, Eastwood loses in girls district soccer (10-22-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Schmeltz, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:28
Lake's Caitlin Phalen (8) and Napoleon's Mason Shepard (14) battle for control of the ball Tuesday night during their game at Lake. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - Lake's girls soccer team has a bright future.
On Tuesday night, the Flyers started five freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors in a 4-1 Division II district semifinal win over Napoleon at Lake High School.
And Lake didn't just win - it dominated.
The Flyers held a 20-5 advantage in shots in a game where the score never felt close even though it took them nearly 27 minutes to score the game's first goal.
Lake junior midfielder Catie Phalen scored twice in the second half, while Jordyn Taylor and Tabitha Aikman scored once each in the opening 40 minutes.
Lake will play Maumee (12-5-1) in the district final on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lake High School.
Maumee was a 6-0 winner over Eastwood in the first game.
We've been working hard on movement and movement off the ball," said Flyers' head coach Don Jablonski.
Lake took 15 shots in the first half, with 11 being on goal. But all the Flyers had to show for it was a 2-0 lead at the break.
"It's a new system ... so it's going to take a while," Jablonski said. "But we're getting better and better. It's just lack of finishing right now. It should have been 4-0 at half. If that starts clicking, we're going to be very dangerous."
Lake freshman goalkeeper Emily Lovell had a relatively boring day as she stopped four out of five shots on goal. The only time she was challenged was early in the second half.
With 1:50 left in the second half, Napoleon's Mason Shepard capitalized on a turnover and scored from  five yards out, cutting the Lake lead to 2-1.
The Flyers were unfazed.
Just under four minutes later, Phalen took a lead pass and struck from just over 10 yards out. Then, at the 20:56 mark of the second half, Phalen netted a shot from 12 yards on the left side of the goalie box to give Lake a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 lead.
"It's not the first time we've done that," Jablonski said of rebounding quickly after allowing a goal. "We answered during the (regular) season like that quite a few times. They don't give up."
Jablonski knows his team will have to be more consistent in finding the net when it faces Maumee (12-5-1).
Maumee's Maddy Buck (16) and Eastwood's Courtney Niswander (5) battle for control of the ball Tuesday night during their game at Lake.
Lake is 12-7, while Napoleon finished 8-8-2.
"Shots don't win games. It's the ball in the back of the goal. Eventually, it's going to fall," Jablonski said.
Against Eastwood, Maumee scored four times in the second half, ending the Eagles' season at 9-6-3 overall.  PHOTO GALLERY
"In the second half, once we were able to keep our back line higher ... we got some near goals and caused a little havoc for them," said Eastwood coach Megan Rutherford. "But it's just tough to keep up the pace against them when they have such quality players."
The Eagles, who were out-shot 28-4 in the match, trailed 2-0 at halftime, failing to see any consistent offense.
Maumee had four different goal scorers, including Maddy Woolford, who scored twice.
"They just have such quality players. When we played Central Catholic ... we only had one girl to shut down,'' Rutherdord said. ''It's easy when you only have one girl to shut down, but when they have three and four and five possible scorers, it's hard."
Eastwood saw a significant turnaround in its season, going 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:45

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