Variety is the spice of life.
The Lourdes Academy Knights soccer team provided plenty of it on Thursday night.
The Knights had four difference players score goals as they blanked the Denmark Vikings 6-0 during their season opener on J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.
“It was nice to get that first win,” Knights midfielder Adam Trofka said. “We put a lot of practice in. It was nice to see it pay off.”
The win also marked the first win for new head coach and former Knight soccer player Peter LaCourse, who was pleased with his team’s start.
“It feels great,” LaCourse said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach where I played. I thought we did about as well as we could have for our first match.”
The pressure came right out of the gate for the Knights, who scored just five minutes in on a Brady Schneider strike to make it 1-0.
Although they couldn’t expand their lead right away, the Knights were constantly applying pressure on the Vikings in their own zone, something LaCourse hopes can continue throughout the season.
“We’ve worked on that a lot these first seven days of practice,” he said. “The men are starting to understand what my philosophy is and how I want us to play.
“We did a nice job of pressuring and then getting the ball into spaces and then getting it back in and giving ourselves a lot of opportunities.”
The pressure finally broke through again. After Schneider was taken down inside the box, Trofka took a penalty kick. His first shot was saved by Denmark keeper Preston Holschuh.
But Trofka hustled over and put away the loose change to make it 2-0 going into halftime.
The second stanza was all Lourdes, who scored four times in the second half. Two goals from Alex Stadler and one apiece from Trofka and Jacob Putzer provided the final tally for the Knights.
Lourdes was pleased with how well the attack was going in their first game of the season. That might have to do with the number of players the Knights have returning this season.
“We all know each other fairly well,” Stadler said. “Hopefully, we can keep on moving forward (like this).”
Keeper Jesse Boehm recorded a shutout in net, making two saves on the night for the Knights. Schneider and Corey Beecher each had assists for Lourdes.
LaCourse hopes that his team, filled with upperclassmen, can continue to make strides in his new system and give Lourdes the success they want.
“I think we did a nice job of playing they way I hoped we’d approach the game,” LaCourse said. “I’m so happy we were successful tonight.”
Denmark …0 0 — 0
Lourdes… 2 4 — 6
First half: LA — Brady Schneider, 5:05; LA — Adam Trofka, 23:02.
Second half: LA — Alex Stadler, 51:27; LA — Jacob Putzer, 53:19; LA — Stadler (Corey Beecher), 68:22; LA — Trofka (Schneider), 70:22.
Saves: DEN (Preston Holschuh, Jake Frye, Johan Rau) 11; LA (Jesse Boehm) 2.