Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - Updated: 8:51 AM
The varsity Lyon County Lyons and Lady Lyons hosted Webster County Monday night in fierce battle on the soccer field that would leave the Lyons wounded by the Trojan offense.
The Lady Trojans kicked the game off with a goal scored by Marissa Austin just minutes into the game. Smart passing and strategic offense led the Trojans to stack up a total of three goals all before half time, Lindsay Grant scoring one of those while assisting the other two. Lacking defensive back up, goalie Makenzie Melton was hammered at the goal a total of 18 times in the first half, but intercepted 15 of those Trojan attempts.
Caroline Hawkins had four attempts the first half with three of those coming from corner kicks, but a quick Trojan defense was able to get the ball out of the goal quickly and maintain possession each time. In the second half Nichole Spindler was a speed demon beating out Trojan defense multiple times to take several shot attempts, but Trojan goalie Michela Knight was relentless.
Finally about 16 minutes in, a pass from Spindler to Hawkins would result in the first and only Lyons goal of the game. Melton intercepted 10 more shots in the second half, but would allow two, putting the final tally as 5-1 in favor of Webster County. Although Lady Lyon defense, led by Kate Gray with eight steals and two interceptions, worked hard it just wasn’t enough to pull off a win. Defender, Kelsey Baize topped the Lady Lyons sheet with five interceptions and three steals, while Alexis Pinnegar also added five steals to the tally.
In the boys match up, the still undefeated Trojans showed their offensive ability early on. Felix Apolinar slipped one past Lyon goalie Josiah Wilkerson less than a minute into the game’s first half. It would set the tone for the game as the Trojans pounded away at Wilkerson. Wilkerson intercepted eight goals in the first half alone, while Lyon defense totaled saving nearly that many as well. Wilkerson would intercept a total of 13 for the game.
Down 3-0 and less than five minutes to play in the first half, Gabe Board made a swift pass to Bryson Penn who sunk a clean shot to the right corner to score the first Lyon goal of the night. The Trojans would answer back with one more before the half time break leaving the Lyons trailing 4-1.
The Lyons were able to hold the Trojans off for the first 11 minutes of the game, even scoring the first goal of the second half. Kendall Sandoval headed in a pass from Bryson Penn to the upper right corner beyond the goalies reach. The Lyons had closed the gap 4-2.
A struggling offense paired with weary defense due to a lack of substitutions would ultimately be the Lyons downfall as the final 29 minutes of the game led to 6 more Trojan goals, while the Lyons came up empty handed. Final score, 10-2, Webster County.