Above: East Lansing freshman defender Olivia Novello dribbles the ball up the sideline during the Trojans 8-0 win against Lansing Sexton.
The East Lansing girls’ soccer team took on Lansing Sexton Tuesday night at the East Lansing Soccer Complex. The Trojans took home the win with a commanding score of 8-0. Because of high school mercy regulations, the game was ruled complete after one half.
The Trojans jumped out to an early lead just ten seconds into the game when sophomore forward Julia Chenault scored off an assist by freshman midfielder Raegan Ooten. Not even a minute later, the Trojans scored again off a crossover from Chenault and strong finish from freshmen forward Sophia Perrelli.
East Lansing experienced a new wave of energy when seven new players entered the game at the 29 minute mark. Three minutes after, senior defense Patricia Haney scored off an assist from junior Bella Ihrig. Just thirty seconds later, senior midfielder Allie Bradley scored to make it 4-0.
At the nine minute mark, a corner kick by the Trojans fell into a sea of red Sexton jerseys. Somehow, East Lansing’s Ihrig was able to put her foot on the ball and through the net, making it 5-0.
With less than five minutes to play in the half, junior forward Kamryn Jenkins scored off an assist by Bradley. Jenkins made it look easy - seamlessly weaving through the Sexton defenders and tapping the ball past the goalkeeper.
At the 3:30 mark, a Sexton player was injured and assisted off the field. Because they had no substitutes, they had to play with only ten girls the remainder of the game. The Trojans capitalized on this and scored just a minute later with another goal from Jenkins, assisted by Ihrig.
Ihrig had a goal of her own just under two minutes to play in the half. Jenkins assisted and the Trojans led 8-0. After an unfortunate Trojan injury to end the half, the game was called due to mercy rules.
The Trojans were led by Bella Ihrig with two goals and two assists and Kamryn Jenkins with a pair of goals and an assist. Six different players scored in the victory along with five players helping out with assists.
Head Coach Jeff Lyons was satisfied with the win despite the lack of competition. “League wins are important no matter who we play,” he said. “We hope to draw some things from this game and keep going.” When asked about how he kept his team playing despite the blowout score, he stressed his team can learn from every game – win or loss. “We don’t want to fall into bad habits. We want to keep working on things we practice and move on.”
The win improved East Lansing’s record to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Their next game is on the road at Lansing Everett on Thursday, April 27 at 5:30pm. Following that, they have two more away games at Jackson and Holt before returning home to host Grand Ledge on May 9 at 6:30pm.