Big second half propels Phoenix to 6-0 win over Columbus
Luther Prep’s boys soccer team broke open a close Capitol Conference battle with Columbus by scoring five second half goals in a 6-0 victory on Thursday at LPS.
Columbus (5-12-3, 1-6-1 in conference) packed the box and dared Luther Prep (12-2-1, 6-1) to shoot from distance.
While LPS had plenty of shots, almost 50 in total, the Phoenix only scored once in the first half thanks to a well placed free kick by senior forward Xander Heiman in the 30th minute.
After the halftime break, the Phoenix continued to pepper the goal, and this time they found the net more frequently. Heiman again found the net in the 57th minute as he chested one into the goal off of a volley from Isaias Santos.
This broke the ice as the Phoenix then found home throughout the rest of the game.
Team goal leader Lucas Martin scored after a pretty curling shot from distance at 62:43. Martin again hit one home less than five minutes later on the first of three assists by Owen Ernest.
Team captain Alex Lawrence then made the scorebook as Ernest again assisted in the 77th minute. Ernest earned a hat trick in assists as he fed Gideon Kroll who sent a rocket to the side net from 20 yards out at 88:14.
“This is a weird feeling as we won 6-0, but there is a rotten feeling in my gut as we shot almost 50 times,” Luther Prep boys soccer coach Marty Pagel said.
“We cannot be that off target again. Having said that, though, the defense played incredibly and, looking at the glass half full, we did create almost 50 chances. It’s tough to ask the guys to do much more, so props to them for creating all game.”
Luther Prep ends the week with a make-up game at Lake Mills today.
LUTHER PREP 6, COLUMBUS 0
Columbus 0 0 — 0
Luther Prep 1 5 — 6
LP — Heiman 29:47
LP — Heiman (Santos) 56:14
LP — Martin 62:43
LP — Martin (Ernets) 68:08
LP — Lawrence (Ernest) 76:22
LP — Kroll (Ernest) 88:14