Lady Vikes show no rust after week away
Gracie Borer scored four times, goalkeeper Kelli Schoch picked up her second shutout of the season and Lakeview girls soccer returned to the field for the first time in more than a week with a victory on Tuesday at Wilderness Park in a 6-0 final over York.
Borer scored twice in the first 11 minutes during an opening blitz in which the Lady Vikes put three in the back of the net and ended any hopes a 1-5 Dukes team might have had about winning two in a row after capturing just their first win of the season the night before
It was 4-0 at halftime with three Borer goals. She added her fourth in the 60th minute to go with the previous three at the six-minute mark, the 11-minute mark and the 29-minute mark.
Carly Schaad had a first half goal as well, doubling the Lakeview lead to 2-0 barely three minutes after Borer opened the scoring.
Emily Van Cleave closed it in the 79th minute, adding a goal to go with her two assists. Borer had an assist as well, as did Makenna Klug and Cassidy Henggeler.
It’s a fifth straight win for the Lakeview girls over York. The Dukes haven’t beaten the Lady Vikes since a 4-2 match five years ago.
Lakeview improved to 5-2 with the win. In an odd bit of scheduling, the Lady Vikes will host the Dukes again on Thursday in the first round of the Central Conference Tournament.
The winner plays the winner of Seward and Holdrege on Saturday in York at noon in the semifinals. The winner of that match advances to the 4 p.m. conference championship. The loser plays in the third-place match at the same time.
“We got on them right away. We found the back of the night. We’ve been working hard on that in practice. We still left a lot of goals out there, but we’re getting better. Our passing is getting better,” coach Mike Zimmerman said.
“We’re going to be missing a couple of girls for conference, so this kind of a win gave us the chance to rotate a couple of girls and work them into the game.”
Borer’s goals upped her season total to 14. Adding an assist pushed her point total to 30.
She’s only four goals away from matching last season’s total and 12 points away from passing last year’s mark in that category as well.
“She’s got a sore ankle, but she’s a girl who just keeps putting them in the net,” Zimmerman said. “She won’t give up until that ball is in the net. I’m just proud of her.”
Borer has scored in all seven matches this year and has scored multiple times in four of those.
After dropping the third match of the season in a frustrating offensive performance, Lakeview now has four or more goals in each of the last four matches thanks in large part to finding the proper lineup.
“We’ve finally settled on Carly Schaad at forward and Gracie up top because Carly’s just aggressive,” Zimmerman said. “After Gracie takes a shot, she just attacks the goal.
“Allison Loseke in the midfield with Cassidy Henggeler, they’ve really found a spot in the midfield.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com