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Winners Never Give Up

LHS soccer teams face challenges to meet goals.

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Winners Never Give Up

LHS 2018-2019 boys varsity soccer team

LHS 2018-2019 boys varsity soccer team

photo from Matt Pentiuk

LHS 2018-2019 boys varsity soccer team

photo from Matt Pentiuk

photo from Matt Pentiuk

LHS 2018-2019 boys varsity soccer team

Isaac Robberts, staff writer

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Both Lancaster High School boys and girls soccer teams faced a challenging season in a very competitive league. The boys finished with 8 wins, 7 loses, and 3 ties. The girls team finished 6 wins, 9 loses, and 2 ties.

Boys Soccer: According to one of the boys Varsity soccer players, Trystan Goodyear, the statistics don’t accurately describe the team’s overall success.

“We had six division one wins,” Goodyear said. “It’s a big accomplishment this year.”

Coach Matt Pentiuk explained further.

“We play former state champions and numerous district finalists on our schedule,” he said. “We also have the challenge of playing teams that get 70 players trying out for their teams when we have less than 30 every year.”

Pentiuk said there were some definite standouts this season.

“David Rader, our GK had a wonderful season in goal, recording seven shutouts and tallying 151 saves,” he said.

“Phillip Slater, a sophomore, started every game in the midfield and was one of best players in the OCC.”

Some of the season highlights include finishing with a winning record and recording a first round tournament win.

 

Girls Soccer:  Coach Brian Griffin said the most memorable match was the first one of the season.

“We put together an entire game and beat a very talented Fairfield Union for the opening of our new turf stadium,” he said.

However, development was the name of the game both on and off the field as the team learned valuable lessons during competition.

“We lost to pick central in our first tournament game we also went on a losing streak for awhile and that wasn’t fun,” said Josie Jewell, a sophomore.

“We’re going to work harder to improve ourselves in the off season,” she said.

“Hopefully the lessons learned on the pitch are able to transfer off of it and help to mold these young ladies into positive, productive citizen of tomorrow,” said Griffin.

“Everyone of our players is a star athlete and brings something to the table and we are able to grow and develop with them,” he said.

Griffin concluded by saying, “The highlights would include singing our fight song as a team after a victory, the many times the program laughed together, and in the end, the tears shed because it was all over.”

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