Goal-happy Lions cruise past Ward
Nate Markovetz couldn't help but laugh after the Lansing High boys soccer team routed Bishop Ward, 8-1, Monday night at Lansing Middle School.
Markovetz turned in his second three-goal performance in a row and ran his team-leading goal tally to eight.
"I just like playing forward and running around really fast," Markovetz said with a smile. "This is just fun."
Teammate Andy Dick added a hat trick of his own in the victory, and Stepan Herout and Tylor McNeill also scored.
For Lansing, Monday's performance was simply the continuation of what it has been building in recent weeks. After giving away a game to Basehor-Linwood on Sept. 6 and struggling past Maranatha on Sept. 12, LHS has won three straight and outscored its opponents 16-1 during that span.
The difference, according to senior Josh Robinson, is better communication and teamwork.
"We're just talking more, we're passing better and it's coming together," the senior captain said. "We just had to get to know each other, and it will just get better as the season goes on."
Ward capitalized on a defensive miscue and took a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the game, but Markovetz tied the game two minutes later. He added another goal six minutes later. Dick then added a pair of scores before halftime.
The Lions continued their strong play in the second half and notched four more goals. Scoring seemed to come easy, and it was clear the Lions were having fun.
"When you're winning, everything is better and you're always in a good mood," Herout said.
Lansing will try to continue its hot streak when it plays at 4 p.m. today at Mill Valley. The Lions and Jaguars battled to a 2-2 draw Aug. 31.