8/28/2012 8:00:00 AM Mauslon picks up milestone win at T-Bird helm Coach collects 100th career win
Rhonda Maulson (right) talks with goalkeeper Ryan Porter (left) during a recent practice. Maulson earned the 100th win of her career while Porter earned his first shutout Friday against Three Lakes. Bryan Rose photograph
In just her third game as the Lakeland Union High School soccer coach, Rhonda Maulson picked up her 100th win as the skipper of the Thunderbirds. That is, of course, because she held the head coaching position prior to this season and prior to her return this year. The milestone came courtesy of a 4-0 victory Friday at Three Lakes but what may have been more important is that it was Lakeland’s first win of the season. “We made adjustments defensively and played a much more aggressive game,” Maulson said. “We put together some nice passing combinations and moved the ball much better as a team. Wyatt Bauer put Lakeland up early as he scored 9 minutes into the game on a Lucas Paulson assist. “Wyatt has a lot of speed and has been creating a lot of scoring opportunities in the last two games,” Maulson said. Later in the half, Lakeland scored on a penalty kick at 13:10 as Brandon Garcia was taken down in the box. Nathan Kingstad took the penalty kick and slid it past the Three Lakes goalie. Kingstad added a second goal at 21:55 in the first half off of a corner kick. “He bent a nice corner kick that curved into the upper back corner,” Maulson said. “You don't see a corner kick like that too often. He had to bend it to get it to drop in the net. There was a slight wind advantage that half and he had the help of the wind, but still had to make a nice bending kick to get it to place it where he did.” Kingstad completed the hat trick early in the second half as he scored at the 69-minute mark off an assist by Joe Drewry. “That goal was the result of a hard defensive play by Dylan Greenhill,” Maulson said. “Dylan stepped up and pressured the Three Lakes player into making a bad pass to Lucas Paulson. Lucas played a nice pass to Joe and Joe fed a nice pass to Nathan. Nathan took the ball in and shot a nice low ball to the corner.” In goal, Ryan Porter kept the Three Lakes forwards from scoring, stopping all five shot attempts he faced. Lakeland outshot Three Lakes 20-5. “Ryan had to come up with two big high ball saves in the second half,” Maulson said. “He also had to come out aggressively and make a few low ball saves.“ Maulson said the win is a boost to her team as they head into the meat of the conference season. “We have back-to-back conference games next week,” Maulson said. “This was a nice win to give the guys some confidence. We are a young team and each game we are getting stronger and the guys are gaining more confidence.” The coach added, her team played more aggressive and kept Three Lakes on their heels. Something she would like to see continue. “One of our goals for the game was to attack defensively rather than let the opposing team’s offense attack us,” she said. “Our defense did a great job of stepping up and playing an aggressive game. Our defense did a nice job of pressuring the offense and forcing turnovers.”
Medford 2, Lakeland 1 (2OT) Lakeland suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in double overtime Thursday against Medford on the road. Medford collected the winning goal at the 2:35 mark in the second overtime to hand Lakeland the loss in a well played game. Lakeland took the lead in the first half with a goal at the 33-minute mark. Kingstad set up Joe Haertle in front of the net but the initial shot was stopped by the Raiders goalkeeper. The Thunderbirds Nick Garcia moved in, however, to send the rebound home and Lakeland led 1-0. The score would remain that way until late in the second half, when Medford’s pressure would finally pay off. “Medford had the better play in the second half,” Maulson said. “They outshot us 7-2. Ryan Porter came up with some point blank saves, keeping us in the lead.” But with 12 minutes to play, a handball inside the Lakeland box gave Medford a penalty kick that they sent home to tie the game. After both teams went scoreless in the first overtime, Medford ended the game early in the second overtime as they got the ball in front of the Lakeland net and capitalized. Bryan Rose may be reached via email at email@example.com.