ELHS Boys Soccer cruises to 4-0 win over Holt, improves to 4-0 in conference

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:56 am
Peyton Lombardo

Andrew Person throws the ball in during the first half of a conference game against Holt High School

The Trojans scored one goal (Zach Lane) in the first half and the other three in the second half (Josh Wolfinger, Quinton Hay, and Ian Carroll respectively) as they cruised to a 4-0 win over the Holt Rams.

The Trojans opened the game up with a couple of strong shot attempts including two that the goalkeeper had to make diving stops for. They weren’t successful until 15 minutes into the game when the Trojans led a successful run. It ended in a goal by Zach Lane assisted by Adrian Birge putting East Lansing up 1-0.

“I could hear that the defense wasn’t communicating so I knew that they weren’t going to win the ball,” Lane said. “I saw the right side of the goal was open so I just slipped it past the keeper.”

During the rest of the half, the Trojans kept control most of the time. They had a couple of good runs led by Tyler Caldwell, Sam Maves, and Joe Draheim including a great shot attempt by Zach Lane with a minute left in the half. The Rams were unable to answer most of the game with short runs that were quickly stopped by the Trojans defense and goalkeeper Chris Wallace. At half, the Trojans led 1-0.

After the second half began, the action picked back up at the 36 minute mark. Andreas Fuentas’s shot was deflected and rebounded back to Josh Wolfinger, who put it in the back of the net successfully. The goal put the Trojans up 2-0.

The Rams attempted to make a couple of runs but were ultimately stopped by the Trojans with solid defensive plays by Sam Bristor and Will Uecker. At the 24 minute mark, a Trojan corner kick was bounced around then kicked into the goal by Quinton Hay, putting the Trojans up 3-0.

“We usually run plays where we have a back post, center, and front post,” Hay said. “I was the center and it just fell to me and I finished it.”

The last goal of the night came from Ian Carroll after a Trojan penalty kick. The penalty kick was deflected and eventually put back in by Carroll which put East Lansing up 4-0.

“It was a nice cross and one of my teammates made a nice touch to my feet,” Carroll said. “I just turned ahead and found the corner [of the goal].”

In order to keep his players focused even when they’re winning, Coach Nick Archer likes to point them to what they can do better. “We’re emphasizing the things we have done well, but we have to spend a little more time on the things we can improve on,” Archer said. “Are we covering the concepts we covered in practice? Are we executing them in the game?”

Overall, Coach Archer was pleased with the win. “Things are started to click a little better,” Archer said. “We were trying to put things together and finally some of the things are coming along well. I am happy with the progress we’ve made in the past two games.”

After the win, the Trojans have an overall record of 8-2-1 and improve to 4-0 in their conference. They play again on Wednesday at 5:30pm in an away game against Lansing Sexton.




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