Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Lions pound Bishop Ward

Thackston sparks offense with four goals

September 28, 2005

Ty Thackston never has been one to shy away from taking shots during a soccer game.

On Tuesday at Bishop Ward, Thackston fired early and often. The senior forward converted four times during the Lions' 10-1 victory.

"You've been seeing his growth through the year," LHS coach Randy Brown said. "His speed. His control. He's creating opportunities for other people, just like he's doing for himself. He's creating danger for opponents."

"Ty has really been stepping up this year. He's much improved, and he's really showing his skills as a forward."

Thackston had an assist just nine minutes into the game when he found teammate Shawn Jung open on the right side. Jung's goal gave LHS a 1-0 lead.

Thackston began his offensive onslaught two minutes later when he beat a defender to the ball and punched it home. He also added three more goals in the second half.

Brad Mock and Mike Bayless added two goals apiece and Alex Brettman scored one.

With the 10-goal performance, the Lions now have outscored their opponents 48-8 through nine games and they've surpassed last season's goals total of 46.

The Lions (8-1) next play at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Turner.

NICKUM SCORES GAME-WINNER IN FINAL MINUTE

The Lansing High junior varsity soccer team shook off its first loss of the season by responding with a dramatic victory.

After battling through a scoreless tie for the entire game against Bishop Ward, junior Justin Nickum smashed a blast from 18 yards out that sailed past the Ward keeper and into the net for the game-winning goal with just 45 seconds left in the match.

With the victory, LHS improved to 8-1 on the season.

The Lions next play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against Turner.

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