The Lakeland boys’ soccer team wrapped up conference play with another victory Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Thunderbirds defeated Antigo 7-0, putting a bow on what has been a good season thus far.
“It was great. It was a wonderful night, seniors night, parents night,” coach Ihor Myshchyshyn said.
It was senior night as all seniors started the game. Right away, Brandon Boh put some pressure on the Red Robins. He took two shots that hit the post or went over the net.
Then, Boh took a pass from Jason Hilgart, took a touch and hit a line drive shot to the left corner of the net at the 10 minute mark. The Thunderbirds led 1-0.
One minute later, Dylan Wayland passed it to Boh, who took a shot at Antigo’s goalie Cordell Umland. Umland saved it initially, but Kyle Peterson almost closed on it for another goal.
Over the course of three minutes, Kyle Bengtson, Judson Bybee and Hilgart all took shots. In total, the Thunderbirds attempted 39 shots.
“We got better and better as the season progressed of stretching the field and sharing the ball and our d and holding midfielders,” Myshchyshyn said.
The Thunderbirds got back on the board in the 18th minute. In a collision with the goalie, Boh was able to squeak one in the goal off a nice pass from Evan Thiessen.
That second goal started an avalanche of scoring for Lakeland.
In the 28th minute, Hilgart got on the board with a goal of his own. Kyle Peterson had the assist and the Thunderbirds led 3-0.
“It was fun to watch the boys really open up tonight, sharing the ball, moving, passing, dropping back, stretching the field. I think we played today the best I’ve seen them this season so it was fantastic,” Myshchyshyn said.
Eight minutes later, Boh took the ball himself and scored his third goal of the game.
During the 41st minute, Chandler Savel gave the Thunderbirds a 5-0 lead, coming off a pass from Cody Olson.
At halftime, Lakeland led Antigo 5-0.
In the 51st minute, Kyle Peterson scored on a corner kick, using his head to knock the goal in. Bengtson got the assist.
“Today the boys opened up and they were able to possess, share on top in the attacking third of the field and that made a huge difference for us,” Myshchyshyn said.
Lakeland goalie Vincent Strong came out of the game midway through the second half. Coming in at goal was Carter Quade. He made a couple of stops, including coming out to make a kick.
Both Strong and Carter, along with the defense, made sure that the Red Robins were shut out on the day.
“I think they feed off of one anther, now that they know they trust one another, they are getting confident on ‘D’ where they can play their position, shift back, drop back if they need to they know their going to be there for another and I think that’s a major difference right now at the end of the season they’ve developed a tremendous trust and confidence,” Myshchyshyn said.
In the 71st minute, Collin Quade took a shot, but it went too high and right.
Strong went from goalie to midfield and made a couple of nice passes. First, he crossed it to middle where the Thunderbirds were able to get a couple of shots off. Then, Strong took a shot off a corner kick that was cleared.
The final goal of the game came from the defense. Brendan McMahon took a shot on goal that found its way in at the 84 minute mark. The Thunderbirds led 7-0.
Up next, the Thunderbirds play Rhinelander in the first round of regionals tonight at Mike Webster Stadium starting at 7 p.m.
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