On Oct. 26 at the Ben Logan HS soccer stadium, two perennial powers faced off to claim the junior high soccer tournament championship in the Tri-County area (Logan, Shelby and Champaign counties). LCS Elite came into the game with a 12-game winning streak, while Bellefontaine had gone 16 games without a loss. The Lakers faced the Chieftains twice early in the season and lost 9-1 and 5-2, but somehow everyone knew these teams were going to be more evenly matched for the big game. The Lakers struck first off a one touch pass from Kayla Richards to Ethan Pequignot, who then one touched a spitting defender pass to Reid Vance. Vance broke away from the Chieftain defenders and shot a screamer into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. BMS equalized the game off an assist from Jacob Shell to Caitlyn Shumaker who found the goal for a 1-1 halftime score. After some halftime adjustments, the Lakers scored early on an assist from Ethan Parker to Cole Overbey’s goal for the 2-1 lead. The Chieftains fought back and scored on a corner kick where Nate Hecker hit the back of the net on an assist from Pierce Wall for the 2-2 tie. With only 8 minutes left in the game, Overbey scored his second goal of the night on an unassisted run through Bellefontaine’s defenders that gave the Lakers the 3-2 win. This makes the fifth time in the past seven years the Lakers have made it to the championship, winning it four times. Coach Davis said, “This was the best win I have had the pleasure of being a part of as a coach, in the 30 years of coaching many sports. The entire team knew they were the underdogs, but they played their hearts out and won!”
Submitted on behalf of players.