Leon boys soccer overwhelms 'flat' Trojans

Leon boys soccer overwhelms 'flat' Trojans


Leon boys soccer overwhelms 'flat' Trojans


There’s two ways to look at offensive production.

One is by sheer volume of goal-scoring chances and the other is through the filter of goals actually scored.

Considering the Leon boys’ soccer team recorded 27 shots and 10 on goal in a 2-0 victory against Lincoln on Friday night, Lions coach Jamie McBrearty had no trouble identifying success in his team’s important District 2-4A victory.

“We’re going to chalk that up as a good one mainly because most of those opportunities were on frame and their keepers came up with big saves,” said McBrearty, ignoring percentages. “But whenever you’re creating offense like that and opportunities, something we struggled with last weekend, you’ve got to be proud with the way the guys played tonight.”

After eight strong scoring chances were stopped or went unrewarded by hitting the post, Leon forward Caleb Sandon fired from the top of the box and the shot was blocked on a dive by Lincoln keeper Eli Lasley. The deflection went right to a hard-charging Devon Foster for the 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.

“That was more shots than we’ve had all year, so 2-0, I’m happy with it,” said Sandon, who was rewarded eight minutes later with a header goal off a long free kick from midfielder Wheeler Landers. “And that’s just what Wheeler does. He finds a way to put the ball right where it needs to go.”

Lincoln (8-4-2, 3-2-1) struggled to create any opportunities of its own, succumbing to the relentless pressure displayed by Leon (9-4-0, 4-2-0) in every third.

“I feel a little bit let down because our effort was very poor in the first half,” said Trojans coach Santiago Molina, whose team picked up a 3-2 win over the Lions a month ago. “No excuses. We just played poorly. We came out flat, they came out pumped up and ready to play. We were not.”

Lincoln forward Scott Fox, he of 17 goals, was blanketed by Leon defender Reed Smith, while the Lions tinkered with their lineup and found a winning formula.

“We moved some guys around,” McBrearty said. “We put some midfielders up top and that seemed to be the spark that created more looks at goal for us. Some of them were from far out, but our balls in for headers were really creative today. Most were saved, but we’re going to keep working on it.”


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