Rarely does a soccer team win two games in one day, but that is what the Lafayette Christian boys did on Monday.
The Cougars first had a victory gift wrapped as Colonial Hills Christian forfeited to LCS. Lafayette Christian and the Rams were supposed to play in the first round of the Boys State Soccer Tournament in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.
“They didn’t have enough players,” said Cougars head coach Shannon Powell.
But Springwood from Lanett, Ala. did have more than enough boys. Springwood served as Lafayette Christian’s replacement game and opponent. The LCS Cougars played a dominant first half and second half en route to a 6-0 pummeling against the Wildcats in a match at Lafayette Christian on Monday afternoon.
So the Cougars had their soccer sweep, including a satisfying win over Springwood.
“We wanted to play, and we were able to move the ball. The Springwood defense was not that strong,” said Powell.
The Cougars were all over the Wildcats like chocolate syrup on vanilla ice cream. Lafayette Christian was kicking everything that was moving. The Cougars had 19 shots-on-goal. The Wildcats had two shots-on-goal.
Lafayette Christian had Springwood on the run and off its game.
“We were pressing on offense, and Lafayette was pounding and pounding. We had a problem on the wings, and they had some 2-on-1 situations,” said Wildcat defender Benjamin Hull, a talented seventh-grader.
The Cougars sliced and diced the Springwood defense. The Lafayette Christian boys took a 4-0 lead in the first half. Freshman forward Nathan Fain had one of those goals for LCS. Fain scored from 10 yards.
“We were on top of the ball. We had communication and good passing,” said Fain.
Lafayette Christian also got two scores from senior forward Logan Wright in the first half. Wright punched in his two goals from 18 yards and eight yards.
“We were working on our passing, and we were just having fun. We had some through balls, and we played with confidence,” said Wright, who normally starts at goalkeeper.
In his spare time, Wright is an underrated scorer. He has six goals on the year.
Junior midfielder Austin Colwell did score the fourth goal of the first half for LCS on a three-yard tap in. The Cougars would also come back in the second half and score two more goals – on scores from Luke Tautnon and Wright.
They both scored from inside the 10 yard line.
The Lafayette Christian girls also played last weekend, losing a 5-2 hard fought game to Westminster Christian in the first round of the GICAA State Soccer Tournament. Sophomore forward Cate Skipworth scored both of the Lady Cougar goals in the game in Watkinsville.
“We got tired, but that was the best game that we’ve had (this season),” said Powell, the head coach of the Lafayette Christian girls.
The Lady Cougars wrapped up their season with a 1-9 record. But the LCS boys are not done. They will play at home against Statesboro Trinity in the second round of the State Soccer Tournament on Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer