Lakota United Soccer Club - Lynx: Tournaments 2008

Monday, May 26
May 2008 - Warrior Classic

Lakota United Premier showed that their late season improvement in form was no fluke by making the semi-finals of the Warrior Classic over Memorial Day weekend.

 Deadly finishing from Lauren Hoover led LUP to a 3-2 victory over North Macomb Storm from Michigan in the opening game.  LUP took a 1-0 lead into half time after a fine indiviual effort and strike from Hoover.  Early in the second half Heather McNutt got behind the left side of the North Macomb defense, whipped in a vicious cross that the goalkeeper couldn't hold and Hoover pounced on the lose ball.  North Macomb pulled back a goal, but LUP looked to have wrapped up the game after guest player Maci Dungan found Hoover at the top of the penalty area and she completed her hat trick.  However, the final minutes proved tense as North Macomb scored again with two minutes reamaining and push forward for the equalizer.

Maybe it was the 6 hours spent at Ankeney Park before the second game, but LUP produced their most lackluster performance of the season against Blast FC.  After trailing 3-0 at half time, hopes for a come back were briefly raised when Lauren Hoover released Cailyn Wachtel for her first goal of the season.  However, despite a much better performance in the second half, LUP lost the game 4-1.

Sunday morning arrived with LUP needing a victory over Cleveland Impact and help in the other pool game.  The LUP midfield trio of Kristyn Hatke, Cailyn Wachtel and Rachel Gary dominated the the early going and provided great service to Hoover, McNutt and Claire Webb up front.  On the 20 minute mark Gary won the ball at the edge of the Impact penalty area, faked out two defenders and chipped the keeper for the most spectacular goal of the season.  Just before half time it appeared that Cleveland Impact would tie the score when their left winger broke through.  However, just as she prepared to shoot Mo Combs appeared from nowhere to make a perfectly timed challenge and prevent a goal.  LUP continued to hold the upper hand a sealed the game when center half Amy Dean picked off a pass and found Hoover who scored her 100th goal for LUP.

After the 2-0 victory, LUP stayed to cheer North Macomb, who needed to deny Blast FC a victory for LUP to advance.  In a nail-biter North Macomb tied 2-2 and LUP were set up to play Varder, from Michigan, in the semi-final.

Varder had the advantage of the early exchanges and soon had a 1-0 lead.  However, LUP battled back and were awarded a penalty when Ali Dicke was pushed in penalty area.  Lauren Hoover failed to convert the spot kick, but moments later Hoover was obstructed inside the box and she thundered the indirect free kick into the top corner on the Varder goal.   The second half was played mainly in LUP territory and resolute defending by Heather McNutt, Mo Combs, Amy Dean, Natalie Murray and Madison Bueter and several fine saves from Maci Dungan keeping the game even.  Eventually, the sustained pressure resulted in two LUP defenders colliding and Varder retaking the lead.  Despite working hard, LUP was unable to create any clear goal scoring oppoprtunities in the second half, although Claire Webb got through in the final minute of the game, but her left footed shot went wide.  Despite the 2-1 loss, this was one of LUP's best performances of the season against a very strong Varder team.



Sunday, April 20
2008 Ohio South State Cup

LUSC Premier advanced to the round of 16 of the Ohio South State Cup with a tough 1-0 win over STAR Tigers.  The only goal of the game came when Claire Webb cut inside from the left wing and found the overlapping Kristyn Hatke.  Hatke beat two Tiger defenders before sending in the perfect cross for Mo Combs to convert from close range.  Moments later the Tigers almost tied the game on a free kick which goalkeeper Amy Dean did well to turn onto her goalpost.  Although LUP had a clear advantage in terms of possession they struggled with the last pass and could not create any other clear goal scoring opportunities.  In the final 5 minutes the Tigers had two opportunities on break aways to take the game into extra time, but each time the Tigers forward could not convert the one on one situation with Amy Dean.

LUP faced Beavercreek Celtic Premier in the round of 16.  After trailing at half time, two Rachel Gary goals gave LUP a 2-1 lead in the second half.  However, the short bench hurt LUP as the girls tired and Beavercreek equalized and then missed a penalty kick which should have won the game as regulation time ended.  After a scoreless over time the teams went into a penalty kick shoot out.  Unfortunately, only Lauren Hoover and Amy Dean converted their spot kicks and LUP were eliminated 3-2 in the shoot out.

 



April 2008 - LUSC Premier Win MASC
MASC 08

LUSC Premier won their first tournament since changing to the 11 a-side format at Fairfield on April 13 with a victory in the gold division of the Mid-American Soccer Classic.

With only 12 regular LUSC Premier players available for the weekend, Avalee Hagerty and Lexi Gabbard from CUSA Courage Premier guest played in the tournament.  This decision paid immediate dividends in the first game against FOSC Fire.  LUSC Premier ran out comfortable 5-0 winners with Hagerty scoring two goals in her first appearence in a LUSC uniform.  Lauren Hoover also bagged a brace of goals and Crystal Rains scored the fifth.

LUSC Premier faced Cincinnati Futbol Academy in their second game.  After falling a goal down LP had problems breaking down CFA's strong defense.  However, as she has done on numerous occasions, Lauren Hoover came to the rescue with the equalizing goal to secure a well earned draw.

Sunday morning arrived with LP needing to win by 2 goals to be certain of a place in the final.  Without the benefit of the guest players, LP went into this important game against Penns Forest (Pittsburgh, Pa) with just one substitute.  LP played their best game of the season to date against a very tough and physical opponent.  Despite having a marked advantage in possession LP could not put the ball in the Penns Forest net.  The tension grew as the game went into the final ten minutes with no score.  After Alison Dicke was fouled just outside the penalty, Lauren Hoover's well struck free kicked was bundled into the goal by Claire Webb from close range.  It wasn't pretty, but it was the break through LP needed.  Minutes later Lauren Hoover found the back of the net to guarantee LP a place in the final.

LUSC Premier played most of the final against Cincinnati West Wildfire in their opponent's end of the field.  However, LP had trouble converting their possession advantage into clear goal scoring opportunities.  Lauren Hoover came close from long range in the first half and Heather McNutt surged forward from midfield and had a powerful shot go inches wide in the second half.  However, it was the Wildfire who came closest to scoring when, on a rare attack, a cross deflected off Madison Bueter and struck the post before goal keeper Amy Dean dived on the lose ball.  Finally, after 59 minutes of deadlock, Hoover picked up a loose ball on the right wing, cut inside a couple of Wildfire defenders and lashed home the winning goal.



Sunday, April 20
March 2008 - Cincinnati Spring Thaw Out

LUSC Premier kicked off their Spring ’08 campaign with four games in the Cincinnati Spring Thaw Out on March 14-16.  The LUP roster was bolstered by 3 guest players from Warren County SC; Sara Robinson, Megan Napier & Maci Dugan.

 

It was Friday night lights for LUP as they took on GSE Cardinal Red in an evening fixture at Walnut Hills HS.  Although LUP dominated in terms of possession, a lack of willingness to shoot resulted the territorial advantage only being converted into one Lauren Hoover goal.  Unfortunately, the lack of a full time goalkeeper contributed to the Cardinal equalizer and a 1-1 draw.

 

Saturday morning saw LUP match up with Pacesetter United of Toledo for the first time.  In an evenly matched game of few scoring opportunities for either team, Pacesetter found the back of the LUP net once to secure a 1-0 win.

 

LUP started very poorly against Cleveland Impact, falling three goals behind very quickly.  A juggle of the line up by Coach Wellington changed the complexion of the game.  The LUP defense denied Cleveland any more scoring opportunities and Lindsey Kelly & Kristyn Hatke both came close to scoring, but the damage had already been done and LUP lost 3-0.

 

LUP played better than the score against GSE Cardinal Premier would suggest.  After conceding an early goal, LUP equalized when a shot from Lauren Hoover was too hot for the Cardinal keeper to handle and Alison Dicke pounced on the loose ball.  A first half injury resulted in 5 minutes added time and the Cardinals regained the lead right at the end of it.  LUP pushed forward throughout the second half in search of the equalizer, but conceded a late breakaway goal to make the final score 3-1.