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The Suburbanite
  • Lake boys soccer team tests itself against alumni

  • Pride, competitive fire and a burst of renewed athleticism. Those traits were on display at this year’s Lake soccer alumni game.

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  • Pride, competitive fire and a burst of renewed athleticism. Those traits were on display at this year’s Lake soccer alumni game.
    Ex-players such as Bill Brown and Bill Milligan (1984), Jeff Casey (1990), Dave Ward (1992) and others tested their mettle against the current version of the Blue Streaks. The first three matches in the series at Alumni Field have been memorable and action-packed and the fourth was more of the same.
    The varsity held a 2-0-1 record against the alumni entering this year’s match, winning the previous two encounters (2-1) and (4-2) after a tie (1-1) in the inaugural match. The high school team’s tenacity has showed in each contest, as they trailed by one goal each time, only to snatch victory from the alumni.
    The varsity started the match in a defensive approach and the alumni took advantage of the setup 11 minutes into the match. Alumnus Nathaniel Milhoan (2008) scored the first goal, a roller past diving junior goalkeeper John McDonald.
    The varsity went on the offensive attack with 15 minutes left in the half. Alumni goalkeeper Barrett Molenaur (1997) caught a cross 15 meters from the goal, but a four-player pile-up jarred the ball loose. Sophomore Lucas Nichols got his foot on the ball and shot it past a covering defender for a 1-1 halftime draw.
    The alumni captured the lead again at the six-minute mark of the second half. Kyle Cummings (2004) dribbled through several defenders and hit a 26-yard shot from the right side of the field. The alumni padded their lead to 3-1 when Milhoan scored his second goal of the match with 7:10 to play.
    The celebration was short-lived. Jordan Garcea gathered up the restart kick, caught the alumni looking and brought his team within striking distance with a goal with 6:42 left on.
    With time running out, the varsity players had to increase their attack. Zach Hunter (2009) scored the match’s final goal and sealed a 4-2 alumni win. The victory earned the graduates the Alumni Cup trophy for the first time. The trophy presentation and a picnic followed the match.
    “It was another competitive match, like it always is,” said alumni coach Dennis Galada. “The fans got to see some good soccer on a beautiful evening. The alumni always seem to have a great time participating against the high school. They take pride in putting forth a tough effort to get the team ready.”
    This year’s showcase contest was preceded by a match between alumni that graduated in even years against graduates from odd years. This allowed players increased on-field minutes.
    Thirty-two graduates participated in the match, with graduation years ranging from 1984 to 2012. Both teams played to a hard-fought 0-0 halftime draw. Forward Tyler Mahaffey (2005) scored a second-half goal to lead the odd-year graduates to a 1-0 win.
    Page 2 of 2 - The match was highlighted by excellent goalkeeping by Kyle Tisdale (2011), an all-league, county and district selection, Alan Miller (2012), an all-league and county selection, and Cummings and Molenaur, who were field players during their high school careers.
    Fans attending the match donated 80 cans of food, which were donated to a local food pantry.
    The Blue Streaks opened their 2012 season Tuesday night at home against Hoban. Blue Streak senior Tim Span scored the team's first goal of the season with 5:30 left in the first half. The 1-0 halftime lead did not hold up, as the Knights rallied for three second half goals and a 3-1 win.
    Lake played host to the Wadsworth Grizzlies Thursday night. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. John McDonald had five saves for the Streaks. Mark Hergenrather had three shots-on-goal.
    The Blue Streaks continue their season this week with home matches against the Jackson Polar Bears (Aug. 27) and Walsh Warriors (Aug. 29).