LIMA – Lehman Catholic controlled the ball.
For the most part, Lima Central Catholic was there to make the stops near the goal.
However, in the second half of Wednesday’s girls soccer matchup at Spartan Stadium, No. 2 ranked Lehman Catholic finally found the back of the net, en route to a 2-0 win over LCC.
With the victory, Lehman Catholic improves to 10-1-1 overall and 4-1 in the Western Ohio Soccer League. LCC slips to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the WOSL.
Lehman Catholic came into Wednesday’s soccer match, sitting in second place in the WOSL, behind Anna.
Wednesday, Lehman Catholic pounded a total of 15 shots on goal, including nine in the first half.
On the night, LCC managed just two shots on goal.
“We went in very defensive minded – trying to get better, defensively,” LCC head coach Mike Santaguida said. “We’ve given up a lot of goals this year. We’ve been working really hard, defensively. I think we really came together as a team, just to hold this team, who is a powerhouse. … They’ve been scoring a ton of goals per game. It was 0-0 at half and 1-0 midway through the second half. … So, not bad. I’m very proud of my team. Defensively, we really came together.”
Lehman Catholic wasted little time Wednesday, as it fired its first shot on goal, less than 30 seconds into the contest. Lindsey Magoteaux kicked a close-range shot that LCC goalkeeper Kitt Siatkosky snatched at the corner of the goal for the save.
For the game, Siatkosky recorded nine saves.
The game was scoreless at the halftime break as the T-Birds survived the barrage of shots taken by the Cavaliers.
However, in the second half, Lehman Catholic finally cashed in.
Lehman Catholic got a ball past Siatkosky, on its 11th shot of the night.
At the 29:45 mark of the second half, Rylie McIver drove one past the LCC goalkeeper with a shot from the right side of the box, less than 10 yards away to give the Cavaliers the 1-0 lead.
Lehman Catholic’s other goal came with 3:40 left to play in the game. Magoteaux scored on a fast-break goal.
LCC did have a couple opportunities in the second half.
“There were two corner kicks where we got heads on them,” Santaguida said. “It could have been 2-1 at that point, and we would have had the lead. But we’re
getting there. We’re just looking to play together and get ready for the tournament. The way we played a team like this, I think we’re heading in the right direction. They’re a very sound club.”
LCC also played a little short-handed Wednesday night.
“We have some injuries. … We were missing three starters tonight,” Coach Santaguida said. “Then, we lost a couple more during the game, but I don’t think anything serious. With (senior, midfielder) Sophia Santaguida (getting injured Wednesday), we ended up not letting her play the last 10 minutes, because it just wasn’t worth it.”