It was the first game of season at Terry Todt Field for the Lincolnwood High School soccer team and the Lancers wasted little time in exploiting their home field advantage.
With the wind at their backs, the Lancers launched their first attack just 90 seconds into the game. That shot went just over the crossbar, but many others found their mark on March 29, as Lincolnwood defeated Lanphier 7-0 to improve to 2-1.
The ball stayed on the Lanphier side of the field for nearly the whole first quarter as the Lancers toyed with the Lions’ defense.
Senior Ben Clavin would launch the opening salvo that was just off the mark, but would play a part in the Lancers’ first goal as he slid a pass to Levi Weir, who buried a shot from 15 yards out with 36:41 left on the clock.
Luke Webb would add another goal four minutes later when his hard shot from the left side was mishandled by the Lions’ keeper and trickled into the net.
The relentless attack on the net continued for the Lancers, sometimes too aggressively as Weir was whistled for a yellow card after a late slide into the goalie, who picked up the ball a split second before the junior’s arrival.
The card did nothing to temper Lincolnwood’s onslaught as they picked up a third goal in the opening ten minutes when Webb slid a pass across the front of the mouth of the goal to Cade Johnson, who sent a one-timer into the top of the net.
The Lancers would have to wait a little longer for their next score, but not due to lack of chances. With the defense playing near midfield, the Lions rarely made it across the half line, with Lincolnwood goalie Will Jenkins not getting a touch on the ball until the second half.
With 17:35 to play in the first half, Weir scored again as he picked up a loose ball and put a hard, low shot past the keeper. Webb joined him with a brace of his own as he worked through the defense and beat the keeper on the left side to make it 5-0 with 10:24 to play.
Goal number six nearly came at the six minute mark when Wyatt Kistner drilled a rocket off the keepers hands, allowing Sam Terneus to charge in for the rebound attempt.
Terneus, the ball and the goalie all got to the same point at the same time it seemed, which resulted in the ball trickling into the net.
Unfortunately, the referee waved the goal off and the score stood at 5-0 going into halftime.
Needing two goals to invoke the seven goal mercy rule, which would cut the time remaining in half, Lincolnwood wasted little time in picking up where they left off.
Ninety seconds into the second half Weir completed his hat trick as he calmly received the pass and slid a shot into the opposite corner.
Elijah Aumann provided for some deja vu a minute later as he knocked in goal number seven on a play that mirrored Weir’s score seconds earlier.
With time cut in half to 18:35, Lincolnwood Head Coach Joe Webb substituted liberally, at one time bringing ten new players onto the field.
The Lions would have a few chances in the final six minutes, but Jenkins and company turned them away at the door to maintain the shutout.
With the win, Lincolnwood improved to 2-1 on the season, going into their game the next night against Carlinville.
The Cavaliers entered the game with a 5-1 mark and a perfect record in South Central Conference play and showed why they are one of the stronger teams in the area with a 2-0 win over the Lancers.
For the better part of the first half, Lincolnwood’s defense kept the Cavaliers at bay, with the Lancer defense and Jenkins turning away attack after attack.
With 90 seconds left in the half, Carlinville would get their first goal, when Trieton Park converted a penalty kick after Lincolnwood was whistled for denying a scoring opportunity.
Park would make it 2-0 16 minutes into the second half, when he snagged an attempted pass out of the back and sent a shot on net past Jenkins’ outstretched hand.
That would be enough to claim victory number five for the Cavaliers, while Lincolnwood evened their record to 2-2 on the season.
The Lancers played March 31, against Hillsboro and fell to the Toppers by a narrow 2-1 final score. A full recap of that game will be in the April 5 edition of The Journal-News. Their next game is Monday, April 5, at Terry Todt Field in Raymond against Athens.
March 29 at Raymond
Lanphier 0 0 - 0
Lincolnwood 5 2 - 7
Lincolnwood Scoring: Levi Weir 3, Luke Webb 2, Cade Johnson 1, Elijah Aumann 1. Lincolnwood Goalkeeper: Will Jenkins.
Record: Lincolnwood (2-1).
March 30 at Raymond
Lincolnwood 0 0 - 0
Carlinville 1 1 - 2
Scoring: Carlinville - Trieton Park 2. Goalkeepers: Lincolnwood - Will Jenkins (8 saves); Carlinville - Zaiden Reese (3 saves).
Record: Lincolnwood (2-2), Carlinville (5-1).