Lakeview tops Harper Creek 4-0 in All-City soccer final

Lakeview tops Harper Creek 4-0 in All-City soccer final

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Lakeview tops Harper Creek 4-0 in All-City soccer final

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The Lakeview boys’ soccer team earned an All-City title and a year’s worth of bragging rights on Saturday.

The Spartans defeated host Harper Creek by a score of 4-0 in the All-City Tournament final. It was the second time Lakeview won the matchup this season, winning the initial meeting 4-3.

This time around, the Spartans dominated on every level.

Lakeview was able to amass nine shots on goal, as well as holding Harper Creek to just one shot on goal, which didn’t come until the midway point of the second half.

Lakeview improves to a record of 6-2-1, while Harper falls to 4-6-1 on the season.

Harper Creek was playing short-handed this go-around, as the team was nursing a number of injuries.

“We are pretty short right now as far as injuries and other disciplinary issues so we went out the first half and gave it our best,” said Harper Creek head coach Andrew Evans. “I think our players did well.”

Despite the shots on goal discrepancy (Lakeview had five shots to Harper Creeks zero in the first half), the match was only 1-0 heading into halftime. The first goal came from a chip shot by Lakeview’s Cole Dopp, floating it over the goalie’s head in the fifth minute of the match.

“(Lakeview) snuck (a goal) through,” Evans said. “So we were actually optimistic going into the second half.”

But the second half saw a more aggressive Spartan squad on the field.

“I thought we were able to clean things up in the second half, make more passes and just kind of attack it more as a team rather than just one or two guys on their own,” said Lakview head coach Ciaran Byrne.

The Spartans’ goals game off a Christian Elliott header, assisted by a chip pass from Matt Jozwiak in the 48th minute, another Elliott goal in the 74th minute, and a last minute put-in by Sam Lal in the 80th minute.

“They ended up stepping their game up a little more in the second half and we were unable to match that,” said Evans. “I think after the second goal, it went downhill from there. By the third goal, we seemed to sort of give up.”

But despite the better play in the second half, there weren’t very many adjustments made by Lakeview.

“We actually didn’t change up much of anything. I think the difference really is Alec (Fisher) being set out the first half, which probably hurt them,” Byrne said. “And Jake Andrews being injured definitely changed the shape of their team.”

Fischer and Andrews are both captains for Harper Creek, and Andrews was unable to play due to injury.

CONSOLATION GAME

B.C. Central 3, Pennfield 1: Pyi Sung Aung scored twice and Antonio Quintero also had a goal for the Bearcats. With assists for BCC (6-5) were Francisco Carrillo and Juan Valencia. Goalkeeper Hexxon Villa had six saves.

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