After registering just four wins last season, the Lake Forest Spartans girls’ soccer squad opened the 2014 season Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 win over St. Thomas More.
With only one or two scrimmage games played due to inclement weather over the past few weeks, both teams started the game cautiously. To start, neither team seemed to want to take a chance that might have cost them at the other end of the pitch as both teams were making the easy defensive clears while being careful on offense picking and choosing their spots to attack. Aside from a few shots on goal for both Lake Forest and St. Thomas More neither team was able to apply consistent pressure.
The cautious play resulted in zero goals being scored in the first half and the teams went into the break tied at 0-0.
In the second half, the offense pressure picked up for both teams as they both got more comfortable as the game went on. After some close calls on both ends, it was Lake Forest who struck first.
Freshmen Karinne Moyer wasted little time tallying her first career high school goal, giving the Lady Spartans a 1-0 lead at 43:00.
Now trailing, the Ravens would not go away thanks to strong goaltending and an offense that never quit. However, they were stymied at each opportunity by the Spartans’ defense that turned away the Ravens on each of their four corner attempts and by senior goalkeeper Shannon Sussman who finished with eight saves on the day.
Fifteen minutes after Moyer had given the Spartans a 1-0 lead, senior leader and standout Morgan Gannon sealed the victory for Lake Forest scoring her first of the year at 58:00 to give the Lady Spartans a lead they would not relinquish.
The Spartans peppered the St. Thomas More net finishing with 10 shots on goal, while the Ravens had eight attempts on Sussman. Junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Stant did her best to keep the Lady Ravens in the game making eight saves on the day.
For a team that didn’t taste victory many times last season, opening the season with a win is exactly how they wanted to start the year.
“It’s a good start, I believe that the team faced the challenge and we were always able to mount our plan of attack,” said Lake Forest head coach Pietro Randazzo. “We never lost our focus on the game plan.”
While opening with a win is nice, Randazzo knows the team has a long way to go.
“We work to improve on every aspect of the game,” said Randazzo. “We look forward to the challenge of the season.”
The Ravens will look to bounce back Monday, March 24 against St. Mark’s in a game played after our press time. St. Thomas More returns to the pitch on Wednesday, March 26 hosting Caravel Academy at 4:15 p.m.
The Lady Spartans will look to make it 2-0 on the year when they return to the pitch Tuesday, March 25 at Dickinson in a game played after our press time. Lake is back in action on Thursday, March 27 at Dover starting at 7:00 p.m.