A new tradition has kicked off the Lake varsity boys soccer season. Each year, the team takes on team alumni in a special Reunion Cup match.
The Lake high school varsity boys soccer team prepped for the start of their 2013 season with its annual pre-season match against the Lake Alumni Aug. 17 at Lake Blue Streak stadium.
The Alumni recorded their second straight win with a 3-2 victory bringing the series record to 2-2-1.
The match opened with a speedy varsity squad starting against an alumni team that had seven players with college-playing experience. Lake Junior Lucas Nichols recorded the first goal of the match at the 13-minute mark by using his quickness and deft foot-skills.
It took the alumni eight minutes to retaliate, but Brent Koch (2010) took a pass from Alan Miller (2012) and scored to tie the match at the half.
The alumni took their first lead of the match when Phil Fisher (2007) headed in a cross by Nathaniel Milhoan (2008) with 15:38 left in the match.
Two minutes later, Milhoan took advantage of a goalkeeper misplay and scored to increase the lead to two.
Lake varsity narrowed the lead when sophomore Parker Stinson assisted on a goal by sophomore Eric Juarez in the goal area with 3:06 remaining.
“The varsity team knew we had the advantage in the strength department, so they came at us with their speed, quickness and endurance,” five-time alumni coach Dennis Galada said. “They definitely had us in the endurance department-our guys were gassed.”
ALUMNI VS. ALUMNI
In the evening’s earlier match, an alumni team comprised of odd-year graduates defeated one of even- year graduates, 3-1. A total of 43 Lake alumni soccer players participated in the 60-minute match.
Nathan Milhoan opened the scoring for the even-year team, coached by Galada, netting a goal off of a pin-point pass by Patrick Jackson (2006). The goal occurred with 10:26 left in the first half.
The odd-year team, coached by Bob Cappelli, struck for three second half goals within 22 minutes to lock-up their second win in a row. Josh Habeck (2009) got things started with a goal on an assist from Nick Durkin (2009). Twelve minutes later, Casey Rife (2009) rocketed a shot past the goalkeeper for team’s first lead of the match.
With 2:50 remaining, Matt Schafer (1989) connected on an arcing 30-yard kick from the left touchline, past Chris Miller (2000) to conclude the scoring.
Wth the goal, Schafer became the oldest graduate to score in the history of the contest.