Lakeview cruises to 6-0 victory over Kent City

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:54 am on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lakeview’s Rylee Nielsen kicks the ball downfield in front of a defender from Kent City on Monday at home. The Wildcats won 6-0.

LAKEVIEW — Kent City’s girls soccer team hasn’t won a game in four years, according to coach Marshall VanderMey.

The Eagles left Lakeview still searching for that first win.

The Wildcats beat Kent City 6-0 Monday in a game of two teams that will both be in the same conference next year.

“I think the girls did well,” Lakeview coach Chris Smith said. “We started out and played pretty well together and got a couple of goals in there quick. Then we seemed to relax and take control of the game.”

Early on it looked like there might be a close game between the two teams.

“Kent City started out the beginning of the game with a pretty good challenge,” Smith said. “They had a couple of fast forwards. But we were able to get into a comfort zone and take control of the game.”

Lakeview (4-3) scored three goals in four minutes to take control. Camilla Sjoholm got the first one in the sixth minute after a long carry through the Eagles’ zone.

Katie Thebo added another two minutes later when she put home a cross from Brookelyn Reed, and two minutes after that, Reed got a goal after a giveaway in the Kent City zone.

Devin Wood made the score 4-0 with a goal after a long carry. VanderMey pulled starting goalkeeper Gracyn Geisen four minutes later after three saves on seven shots.

Anniken Sletta added another goal with 27.4 seconds left in the first half off a Reed pass for a 5-0 lead.

“They (Lakeview) have done a nice job of stepping in from midfield a little bit and making sure that anything that got cleared out got put right back in,” Smith said.

Smith changed keepers for the second half. Danielle Grant started, but didn’t face a shot on goal in the entire half. The Eagles (0-6), who have scored just two goals all season, finished with two shots on goal.

Lakeview’s Jenna Tanner, right, heads up the field with the ball, chased by Kent City’s Karely Sanchez, left, during the teams’ game Monday.

“I put a starting lineup out there that we had all of them back from last season,” Smith said. “They’re pretty comfortable together. We’ve been working these first few games outside again and getting the clears, getting that down and they seem to have hit a rhythm together.”

Katie Thebo finished the scoring after taking a lead pass from Tricia Beckett in the 58th minute.

The Wildcats will have one day to prepare for Newaygo Wednesday.

“If it’s not thunder and lightning (today) we’ve been focusing on the whole speed thing, like we have to pick up the speed. That’s finally being outside and playing games. The game speed stuff has to be there. I know Newaygo will be fast. It will be a good challenge.”

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