Logan Wright is seldom wrong.
The Lafayette Christian senior goaltender is an organizer, a defender, a game-saver and a coach on the field. But most of all he knows how to keep the ball out of his team’s goal.
Wright is the last line of defense. He is a ballhawk, and Wright was back at it on Thursday night in a boys soccer match. Wright was at his dominating best with 14 saves in a 3-0 Lafayette Christian shutout against the Crusaders from Griffin Christian.
“Logan is an all around player, and he’s the captain of our team. He has leadership qualities, and he knows how to anticipate (the opposing team’s) offensive line,” said Cougars head coach Shannon Powell.
Besides Wright, Lafayette Christian also had Jacob Lueken, Danny Yarborough, Nick Spitler and Ryan Stickler serving as defensive enforcers. They were laying down the law and taking the ball.
The Cougars were winning the ball and playing harsh. The Lafayette Christian boys were giving up very little turf.
“We have chemistry, and we split their defenders. We had some good possessions, and we could go back to state,” said Lueken, the LCS junior.
Griffin Christian did play the Cougars hard and tough for 80 minutes. The Crusaders came to compete.
“We’re still learning and starting to talk. Very few of our guys have played soccer before. We are a young team,” said Crusaders head coach Wes Echols.
His son, Chase Echols, gave Griffin Christian a chance in this boys soccer match.
“We’re passing better, and we’re getting a lot of good game experience. We did give Lafayette too much space,” said Echols, a junior midfielder.
The Cougars would score twice in the first half with Serik Rosencrants and Jacob Teel, both from eight yards. Teel, the junior striker, would score the third goal as well in the second half on a 10yard goal.
Lafayette Christian took target practice against the Crusaders with 21 shots-ongoal in this Cougar win. Lafayette Christian is 4-31 on the season.
“This is a game that we knew we would win,” said Powell.
The Cougars are a confident crew with Rosencrants among them.
“We’re attacking and scoring a lot. We have a strong midfield,” said Rosencrants.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer