LAKEVIEW — Greenville’s boys soccer team was too fast for Lakeview Monday.
“They (Greenville) have a lot of speed and it showed on the scoreboard,” Lakeview coach Chris Smith said.
The result was an 8-0 mercy by the Yellow Jackets in a game that lasted only 58 minutes.
“I thought we passed the ball pretty well,” Greenville coach Chris Hamman said. “I thought we took advantage of the opportunities. So I was pretty happy with the way we played.”
The Jackets (2-1) led 5-0 at halftime on two goals from Michael Krogman, bookended around goals by Randy Hebert, Dair Smith a minute later and Mark Hebert.
“I think we were getting some through-balls to Mark Hebert and Michael Krogman, and they have quite a bit of speed,” Hamman said. “With the through-balls they were beating the defense down the field. That’s pretty nice to see.”
That fact wasn’t lost on Chris Smith.
“Their (Greenville’s) front line was fast,” he said.
At halftime Smith tried to get his team to pick up their pace to combat the quickness of the Jackets.
“At halftime I told them (Lakeview) we couldn’t get faster in a half but we could do things quicker, quicker,” he said.
The only thing that got quicker was the frequency of the Jackets’ goals. Where Greenville needed until the 17th minute of the first half to score three goals, they needed only 12 minutes of the second half to get the three that put the mercy rule on the Wildcats (0-3).
Mark Hebert got the first one three minutes into the second half, then Randy Hebert and Brandon Loiselle scored 10 minutes apart for the win.
Jacket goalkeeper Kyle Smith faced only four shots in the game and all were in the first half. Lakeview’s Lucas Sweet faced 18 Greenville shots and saved 10.
“I thought Lakeview did pretty well considering I thought we passed the ball pretty well,” Hamman said. “I thought their keeper (Sweet) turned in a great performance out there. He got a workout. It’s not easy when you’re by yourself and the guy is coming in there with the ball.”
Both teams will be in action Wednesday. Greenville will host Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills while the Wildcats will host Alma.