Phoenix score decisive win over L-Cats
LAKE MILLS — Senior forward/midfielders Alex Lawrence and Lucas Martin each scored a hat trick as Luther Prep blew out Lake Mills 7-1 in a Capitol Conference boys soccer match on Friday.
The game was very even for the first 30 minutes with both teams creating chances on goal.
The Phoenix, though, had the better chances as they continually figured out the back line of the L-Cats. Martin and Lawrence have been feeding off of each other all year and both were involved in the first two goals. On each score, Martin played a perfect through ball between defenders Lawrence for the finish in the 34th and 35th minutes.
Luther Prep led 2-0 at halftime and poured it on over the final 45 minutes with five additional goals.
Lawrence finished his hat trick in the 49th minute as his pass through the 18 yard box was booted by a Lake Mills defenseman, with Lawrence getting the credit off the own goal. Lawrence then passed the baton to Martin, who scored three unassisted goals — each well struck — with one being a penalty kick.
Lake Mills made the scoreboard in the 74th minute as senior midfielder Jerry Guardado scored off of a brilliant pass from sophomore forward John Wilke, but this was the only blemish on the Luther Prep defense.
Junior forward Isaias Santos scored for the Phoenix in the 81st minute with a shot past the diving keeper.
Luther Prep boys soccer coach Marty Pagel praised his team for stellar passing and superb possession throughout the match.
“These guys played so well for 90 minutes,” Pagel said. “This was a quality win against a good team. We had fantastic control and held their best players in check throughout the game. Our defense is always so confident and our offense is constantly creating chances. These guys are a blast to coach.”
Luther Prep (13-2-1, 7-1 in conference) closes out the conference slate with a road match at Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday.
Lake Mills (7-4-2, 4-3) hosts Lodi on Tuesday.
LUTHER PREP 7,
LAKE MILLS 1
Luther Prep 2 5 — 7
Lake Mills 0 1 — 1
LP — Lawrence (Martin) 33:14
LP — Lawrence (Martin) 34:48
LP — Lawrence 48:46
LP — Martin 72:48
LM — Guardado (Wilke) 73:25
LP — Martin 75:14
LP — Santos 80:08
LP — Martin 82:44