LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s soccer team had been working on trying to get more offense going in their opponent’s zone.
If their game against Newaygo was any indication, the message got through.
The Wildcats beat the Lions 4-1 Tuesday, getting two goals and an assist from David Wheeler.
“I thought they played really well together from defense bringing it up through midfield to forward,” Lakeview coach Chris Smith said. “That’s what we’ve been working on our last few practices, getting shots, getting some offensive power going and it worked (Tuesday).”
Wheeler got his first goal in the 12th minute, knocking home a shot from a tough angle.
Triston Beardslee made it 2-0 six minutes later when a Newaygo defender missed a header and Beardslee knocked in a loose ball.
That’s the way the score was at halftime.
“It helped build a little confidence, but Newaygo was getting scoring chances all game long,” Smith said. “We talked about 2-0 being great but they (Newaygo) could come in and easily score, so we had to keep going in the second half.”
The Wildcats (3-3, 2-1) needed just 3 ½ minutes to add to the score, as Wheeler collected his second goal on a nifty crossing pass from Job Tanis that Lions goalkeeper Kyle Wright got a partial hand on but it still went in.
Newaygo ended the shutout bid in the 71st minute when Ben Wolford knocked in a nifty pass from Rafael Fierro that Lakeview goalkeeper Lucas Sweet tipped but couldn’t keep out of the net.
“Lucas was mad atbout that goal he let in in the end,” Smith said.
Wheeler helped give Marc Leach a goal when he fed Leach a lead pass and Leach got it past Wright before falling over him for the goal.
Lakeview had 13 shots on the Lions (2-4, 1-2).
Sweet ended up with 12 saves on 17 Newaygo shots.
“Lucas made a ton of saves, kept us in it,” Smith said. “Big-time saves.”
Wright made seven saves on 12 Wildcat shots.
Next up for Lakeview is Greenville in Greenville on Thursday.
“We’re going to keep working on getting shots on goal. That’s been our big focus right now,” Smith said. “We struggled to score earlier in the season and just now working. So I think we’ve got things to work on.”