LHS soccer rolls to 3-0
The Lansing High girls' soccer team remained undefeated as it knocked off Ottawa, 2-0, at home Tuesday night.
The victory bumped the Lions' record to 3-0 heading into Thursday's contest at 6 p.m. at De Soto.
Lansing was without question the dominant team Tuesday night as its midfielders and forwards controlled possession for most of the first half. The Lions made strong runs at the Ottawa goal and peppered the box with shots, but much like their first two games, the Lions struggled to finish their scoring opportunities.
After they'd missed about a half-dozen shots from close range, senior forward Jessica Hauver broke through in the 31st minute. Freshman Erin Griffen sent a pass toward the back corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the Ottawa goalkeeper's hands and Hauver crashed the back post and buried the ball into the net for a 1-0 LHS lead.
The score stood through halftime and lasted for most of the second half as well. Lansing had nearly a dozen good scoring chances in the first 25 minutes of the half but was unable to convert. In fact, senior Kendra Sickinger and freshman Rachel Pride both pounded shots off the crossbar during that span. Senior midfielder Monique Richardson found the net in the 63rd minute when her blast from 18 yards out skimmed off the goalkeeper's hands and into the goal for a 2-0 advantage.
Lansing controlled the game so much that its defense was rarely challenged by the Cyclones' forwards. Freshmen Katie Nietzke and Lauren Elkins split time at goalie and combined for the shutout.
For more on the LHS soccer team, see the April 7 edition of The Current. For photos from the game, check out the photo gallery at lansingcurrent.com on Wednesday afternoon.