LIMA — Boys soccer took center stage on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Lima Central Catholic took on the host Lima Senior Spartans in non-league action.
The Thunderbirds’ senior Trey Horstman proved too much for the Spartans to handle. especially in the first half, as the Thunderbirds grabbed a 5-2 triumph.
Lima Senior head coach Brad Brock could only lament his team’s inconsistency in falling to 1-4.
“If we had only played the first half like we did the second half, the outcome would have been a lot better for us. We just didn’t come out mentally ready to play,” Brock said. “We started to play with much more intensity when we got down. We have a few seniors and captains to lead us but we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that we are working in there. I look forward to what we have for the rest of the season and the future but we have a lot of guys that are still trying to figure out the varsity level of soccer.”
LCC head coach Tim McNamara sees his team starting to progress nicely in the development area in improving to 3-2.
“We lost a number of seniors from last season and we knew, especially on defense, that we had to gel; we only had one defender back from last year. It meant that we had to have some new guys step into bigger roles,” McNamara said. “We started out well today – we were playing the way we wanted to play. What hurt us today was the weather stoppage; it’s hard to maintain the intensity we were playing with the first half when you have a delay. When they got their second goal, we just decided we needed to get back to playing the way we had earlier in the match.”
Horstman was a thorn in the Spartan side most of the way, especially in the first half.
He struck first at 33:22 of the opening half when he got a 1-on-1 opening against Spartan goalkeeper Ryan Utendorf and found the net from 20 yards away on the left side for a 1-0 edge.
He continued to attack the net regularly and made it a 2-0 lead at 27:30 of the first half, maneuvering past a defender and finding the goal from 16 yards out on the left side.
He made it a hat trick in the first half at 8:13. He got a midfield opening and dribbled the rest of the way, beat a defender and the goalkeeper, juking past both to get a wide-open goal from 8 yards away for a 3-0 halftime lead.
At 37:13 of the second half, Horstman got an crossing assist from the right side, finding junior Josiah Simpson for a 10-yard header from the middle to the right side for a 4-0 LCC edge.
After the match was stopped for 30 minutes due to lightning at 34:06 of the second half, Lima Senior started to rally, getting on the board at 29:37. With Noah Phillips getting open in front of the net, he fed junior Caden Fry for a 12-yarder in the middle all alone to beat Jack Zerante for a 4-1 LCC edge.
At 23:41, Fry did it himself, getting an open look on the right wing from 20 yards and juking Zerante out to make it 4-2.
At 8:01 of the second half, Horstman made it a 4-goal game by himself. He garnered possession in Lima Senior space along the left sideline and dribbled down the middle, juking the goalkeeper out of position and getting a wide-open 10-yarder to finish scoring for the match and make it the final score of 5-2.
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