Kingston and Schuh Lead Lions Over Winsor
A beautiful fall day was the back drop for the Lions first league game of the 2011 campaign. The Winsor Wildcats traveled to The Ware Fields at Lexington Christian Academy coming off an 8-0 victory over Portsmouth Abbey. Having just defeated non-league opponent, Rocky Hill 6-0, the Lions were a confident team as well.
In the opening minutes of play the two teams shared possession, but less than 10 minutes in, LCA Junior Annalise Kingston sent a ball from the left corner that bent on its way into the penalty area and ended up hitting the back post and bouncing in. The goal was Kingston's first of the season. As the first half progressed, LCA maintained possession and played good team defense to thwart the Winsor attack. The center back tandem of Junior Sarah Woods and Senior Julia Keating provided stable defense for the Lions.
Toward the end of the half, Winsor had two opportunities at the back post and failed to capitalize. Going into the second half, the Lions were steadied by the midfield play of Junior Kallan Roys and Freshman Kesha Porter. Senior Goalkeeper Emily Schuh was stellar in net once again for the Lions. Her 13 saves helped to keep Winsor off the scoreboard en route to her second straight clean sheet. With just over 16 minutes to play, the Lions threw the ball into play deep in the Winsor half. Porter received the ball and made a great pass to Kingston who was able to turn on her defender at the top of the box and send a left footed strike just beyond the reach of the Winsor keeper into the lower left corner of the goal. The remainder of the game saw the Lions continue to play possession soccer and make it difficult for Winsor to mount any attack. The game ended and LCA earned their first league victory of the 2011 season, beating Winsor 2-0.
With this win, LCA improves to 2 wins and 1 loss overall and 1 win, no losses in the Eastern Independent League. The Lions are set to play Beaver Country Day School at home on Friday, September 23rd at 4:00 p.m.