Lakota United Soccer Club - Lynx: Tournaments 2007

October 2007 - Win, Loss & Tie at FC Pride Cup

LUSC Premier started the FC Pride Cup with a very poor performance against St Louis SC.  After falling two goals behind a Katie Mueller goal appeared to put LP back in the game.  However, a goal 10 seconds into the second half triggered a disappointing half and a 6-1 defeat.

The LUSC Premier vs Michigan Rush Nike game was a to and fro affair, with numerous lead changes.  Goals from Lauren Hoover and Claire Webb made the half time score 2-2.  After falling behind 3-2 in the second half, Katie Mueller performed a dazzling run down the left wing and sent over a perfect cross for Alison Dicke to tie the score.  Moments later Mueller made an even better run and capped it with a thunderous shot to give LP the lead.  Unfortunately, LP was unable to hold the lead, giving up a goal with 2 minutes to go and making the score 4-4.

In the consolation game against Team Elmhurst Select, Lakota Premier were unable to convert a clear advantage in possession into goals.  Lauren Heger gave LP an early lead with a long range free kick.  Heather McNutt scored after the break in the 2-0 victory.

September 2007 - LUSC Premier go winless at OP Invitational

LUSC Premier's struggles with the 11 v 11 format continued as the team lost all three games at the OP Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

Saturday saw LP soundly beaten 5-0 by both Cleveland United and Beading FC (Pittsburgh, PA).  The sole highlight from the first day was a penalty save by Kristyn "Shrimpy" Hatke.

Sunday saw a much improved performance against FC Phoenix.  After falling behind early in the game, LP started to create some offense and just before half time a great individual effort by Lauren Hoover tied the game at 1-1.  At the start of the second half FC Phoenix created numerous scoring opprtunities.  Only some heroics from goal keeper Katie Mueller and poor finishing by FC Phoenix kept LP within one goal.  LP finally found some offensive rythmn in the final minutes and came close to scoring on three occasions.  Crystal Rains' non-stop efforts up front were rewarded when she was fouled in the peanlty area.  Unfortunately, she was unable to convert the spot kick.  Moments later Claire Webb got behind the Phoenix defense and her well struck shot went inches wide of the near post.  Then, just before the final whistle, Hoover created some space for herself, only to see her shot clatter against the cross bar.

Saturday, August 18
August 2007 - 3rd Place in Arsenal Challenge Cup

LUSC Premier (LP) began the defense of their ACC championship with a 2-0 win over Northern Kentucky United 95 Red.  Although they struggled at times in their first game in the 11v11 format, LP ran out as comfortable winners.  In the first half the NKU goalkeeper saved a fierce Lauren Hoover shot, but a determined Heather McNutt out jumped an NKU defender to head home the rebound.  At the start of the second half Cailyn Wachtel released Katie Mueller on the left wing and Mueller lobbed the ball over the goal keeper from a tight angle for the second goal.  Towards the end of the game LP almost added a third when Hoover hit the post on a break away.

The heat of the afternoon affected both teams in the second game with neither LP or Knoxville Outlaws creating any clear scoring opportunities in the first half.  However, moving Lauren Hoover from defense to striker at half time paid immediate dividends as she raced onto a through ball from Natalie Murray to put LP ahead.  Later in the second half a long range shot from Claire Webb appearted to pose little threat.  However, the Knoxville goalkeeper misplayed the ball and Crystal Rains showed the value never quitting on a play by tapping home the rebound.  LP should have added third near the end of the game when Mo Combs has flattened in the penalty area, but Claire Webb put the spot  kick wide.  All-in-all a good performance and another 2-0 victory.

 Needing a win over Beavercreek Celtics to reach the final LP started brightly, but as the first half wore on they surrendered the midfield and allowed the Celtics to control the game.  With Celtics seemingly winning every lose ball in the middle they took a deserved 2-0 lead.  It wasn't until the final 10 minutes that LP played with the passion required to defend their ACC title.  Katie Mueller deflected a Heather McNutt cross past the keeper to make the score 2-1 and then everyone except the referee thought that Lauren Heger was pushed down in the penalty area.  However, LP learned that 10 minutes maximum effort was not enough against the committed Celtics.

Lakota Premier faced FC Phoenix from Columbus in the 3rd place play off.  Lauren Heger gave the Phoenix defense fits on the right wing and it wasn't long before she was fouled 5 yards outside the penalty area.  Lauren Hoover stepped up to place the free kick into the top corner and give LP the lead.  Heger set up the second goal too, after playing a give and go with Lindsey Kelly she raced to the bye line and pulled back a perfect cross for Alison Dicke to blast home from short range.  The 2-0 advantage looked comfortable until the last few minutes when LP appeared to wilt in the heat.  Phoenix got behind the LP defense to pull a goal back.  Then in the dying seconds the LP defense was burnt on another through ball, but goal keeper Rachel Gary bravely attacked the Phoenix forward which led to a big collision and the ball trickling inches wide.

May 2007 - Lynx Eliminated in Warrior Classic Semi Finals

The Lynx entered the Warrior Classic with three guest players from the LUSC Hawks (Mo Combs, Christine Fletcher & Madison Bueter), replacing the injured Kristyn Hatke and unavailable Madison Bridges.  In the first game the Lynx fell behind early to the Cincinnati West Wildfire.  The Lynx dominated the second half, but could not score until a stunning 25 yeard strike from Lauren Hoover tied the game.  In the closing minutes Rachel Gary took the ball from a Wildfire forward and launched a counter attack.  After beating three players a beautifully weighted through ball allowed Mo Combs to score the winner on her Lynx debut.

The Lynx got off to a bright start against Warren County when, despite a leg injury that prevented her playing in goal, Brooke Mauro burst through to open the scoring.  Unfortunately, inexperienced goal keeping allowed Warren county to pull level.  Katie Mueller restored the Lynx lead in the second half, but Warren County came back again.  However, over the final 15 minutes the Lynx played controlled soccer and Lauren Hoover atoned for her earlier error by scoring the winner.

 In the final group game the Lynx played their finest complete game of the Spring season against Shelby County Alliance.  The Lynx controlled the game, not allowing SCA any clear goal scoring opportunities.  Goals from Heather McNutt, Lauren Hoover & Rachel Gary sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory.

 The semi final match up against the physical Loveland Chargers on the small Beavercreek game field was always going to prove difficult for the Lynx.  The Lynx got off to a poor start when a defensive blunder gifted the Chargers an early lead.  However, the Lynx settled down and shortly before half time Lauren Heger got onto the end of a teasing cross from Claire Webb to tie the game.  Moments later heger almost gave the Lynx the lead when she hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds.  A slow start to the second half saw the Chargers take the lead again.  The Chargers defended well in the second half and it took a fine individual effort from Lauren Hoover to force overtime.  Defending corner kicks had been the Lynx achilles heel all season and poor marking allowed the Loveland striker a free header in overtime.  The Chargers held on to win 3-2.

2007 Ohio South State Cup - Lynx Make Final Four
The Lynx enjoyed a very successful run in their first Ohio South state cup, making it to the final four in Columbus before being eliminated by Cincinati Classics Hammer.

The Lynx were given a difficult district game against a very good CUSL Comp 1 team in the Westsdie Chargers. Goals from Kristyn Hatke and Claire Webb gave the Lynx a 2-1 victory in an exciting, closely matched game.
The Lynx advanced through the round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Cincinnati Futbol Academy Gold. After surviving an early scare when CFA hit the cross bar in the second minute, Lauren Hoover gave the Lynx the lead. CFA tied the game on a breakaway just before half time. The Lynx took command early in the second half. Hoover found Claire Webb unmarked at the top of the penalty area to put the Lynx ahead. Minutes later an excellent corner from Hoover forced a CFA defender to head the ball into her own goal. Several Lynx came close the scoring in the second half, including Kristyn Hatke who had a powerful header spectacularly saved by the CFA goal keeper.

The quarter final saw the Lynx play the top team in the Miami Valley Premier league, Shelby County Alliance. The Lynx took an early lead through Lauren Heger's long range free kick. SCA levelled the score, but just before half time good combination play from Cailyn Wachtel and Katie Mueller put Hether McNutt one on one with the SCA goalkeeper and she camly found the back of the net. The Lynx played with great confidence and controlled the second half. Goal keeper Brooke Mauro's punt put Lauren Hoover behind the defence and a clinical finish extended the Lynx lead. In the final minute a scramble in front of the Lynx goal led to a consolation goal for SCA, but the Lynx ran out the final minute of the game for a well deserved 3-2 victory and a place in the semi finals in Columbus.

The semi final in Columbus saw the Lynx run into a Cincinnati Classics Hammer team that was firing on all cyclinders. The Classics jumped out to a quick two goal lead and never allowed the Lynx to settle and play their game. Lynx hopes were briefly raised when Kristyn Hatke thought she had reduced the deficit to one goal, but she was ruled narrowly offside. Classics finisehed the game as comfortable 4-0 winners.

April 2007 - Brentwood Invitational Washed Out

Storms and heavy spring rain denied the Lynx the opportunity to play some of the best teams from the South as the adidas Brentwood Invitational was cancelled. 

March 2007 - Dust Off The Rust
The Lynx clearly needed to "dust off the rust" in their opening game against Cincinnati Classics Hammer. The Classics superior first touch gave them a considerable advantage in possession and they took a well deserved one goal lead into half time. The Lynx started to find their game in the second half. The Lynx were awarded a penalty when a Classics defender pushed Lauren Hoover and she stepped up to coolly put the Lynx even. With 5 minutes to go the Classics goalkeeper failed to hold a Lauren Hoover free kick and Heather McNutt pounced to to give the Lynx a 2-1 victory. The Lynx played much better in their second game against Carmel United. In a game of few scoring opportunities Claire Webb forced a good save from the Carmel keeper and Cailyn Wachtel and Lauren Hoover had shots go inches wide. With just two minutes to go Carmel scored the only goal of the game to steal a 1-0 win. The Lynx started off brightly against Ohio Elite, having several shots on goal before Katie Mueller put the Lynx ahead. Just before half time the Lynx defense conceeded a free kick just outside their penalty area and Ohio Elite equalized. The Lynx produced a disappointing second half display, conceeding two more goals and losing 3-1.