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Lady Vikes make it two straight wins

March 30, 2019

Lakeview girls soccer overcame an early deficit, scored the next four straight goals and won their second straight match with a 4-2 victory Thursday at Wilderness Park over Aurora.

The Huskies made it 1-0 eight minutes into the match before Carly Schaad answered six minutes later and Gracie Borer scored her first of the night 12 minutes before halftime.

Emily Van Cleave extended the Lady Vikes’ advantage to 3-1 early in the second half then Borer put the nail in the coffin at the 60-minute mark. Aurora found the back of the net once more but it was far too late to deny Lakeview improving to 3-2 on the season.

“I thought the girls really moved the ball around well today. (Aurora) was kind of packed in the middle, so we played the edges more and kept bringing it around. Again, we left a ton of goals out there, but we are finding the back of the net now,” coach Mike Zimmerman said.

“I changed the lineup a little bit since the Lexington game, and Cassidy Henggeler is really stepping up in the midfield. She’s really changed the structure of the team with her ball movement. Moving Carly Schaad up to forward has really helped out Gracie.”

Zimmerman made similar comments on Tuesday after a 4-0 win over Schuyler in which Lakeview split goals evenly between the first and second halves. And likely, his criticism of not scoring enough goals is likely hanging over from a loss Saturday to Lexington in which the Lady Vikes outplayed the Minutemaids but never produced a goal and lost in a shootout.

Since then, though the offense still hasn’t been quite as efficient as Zimmerman would like, it has been rewarded with four goals in each of the past two matches.

“We’re playing good soccer. We keep getting better and better. The back line still needs some work, but everything is looking good,” Zimmerman said.

Borer’s two goals gave her a team-high eight for the season. She had one on Tuesday, three in the win over Northwest and two in a loss to Scotus.

“We played pretty good today. Our passes were connecting better,” she said. “My team has given me some great passes. They make it easier for me to put it in the net. It all starts with them.”

The Lady Vikes take their 3-2 record to Norfolk on Monday looking for a win in a 4:30 p.m. match against Lutheran High Northeast.

“I want all 10 girls out there, getting involved, swinging the ball around finding that opportunity to score. We got burned on one through ball. That’s kind of where we’re learning right now - to communicate more,” Zimmerman said. “The girls are figuring it out, knowing they jobs out there, and figuring it out.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.