Crusader boys fall to PACT 3-1

Senior Mitchell Diers battles a PACT defender for the ball on Aug. 27.

Senior Mitchell Diers battles a PACT defender for the ball on Aug. 27.

With three games on tap for this week, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team is still searching for its first win of the season after falling 3-1 to PACT Charter last week in the heat.

Against PACT on Aug. 27, the Crusaders handily had more shots at the goal than PACT, 31 over 15 in fact. Twelve of the LHS shots were on goal, over just three from PACT.

In the first half, PACT was able to sneak two goals passed LHS and led 2-0 at the half.

In the beginning of the second half, senior Nick Hix scored LHS’ only goal of the game, a shot that head coach Josh Hanley called “a wonder goal.”

From about 30 yards out in the corner, on a full volley with his weak foot, Hanley said Hix’s goal was a must-see.

“That just doesn’t happen,” Hanley said. “It was a pretty amazing goal.”

PACT Charter would log one more goal (actually it was LHS scoring on themselves accidentally) to take the game 3-0.

The Crusaders are on the road this week at Concordia Academy and Rockford (Sept. 5) before hosting Bethany Academy on Sept. 7. With seniors Christian Bakke and Matt Scanlon back in the starting lineup, Hanley said most of the games coming up are not out of reach for the Crusaders.

“What it boils down to is execution,” he said. “When we start executing, we’ll be a really good team.”

He added that in practice, old rivalries are fading and the team is starting to gel.

“We have a much improved team,” he said. “The guys are starting to click … it’s good all around.”

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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