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soccer girls1The Lansing girl’s soccer team improved to 8-3 on the year Wednesday with a solid win against Union Springs.  Lansing controlled most of the play early on, while Union Springs used a well-organized defense to limit Lansing’s scoring chances.

In the 23rd minute, Lansing found a way to break down the Union Springs defense.  Madeline Boerman sent a floating cross from the right corner to the far side of the 6-yard box where Nikki VanOstrand controlled it nicely and struck a low shot to beat the Union Springs keeper.

With less than 3 minutes in the first half, Anna Kirkwood one-touched an incoming cross to Shea McCartney who fired an unstoppable shot from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal.

In the second half, Michelle Schafer’s corner kick found Shea McCartney’s head near the 10 yard spot.  The ball bounced close to the goal line, and Kristin Dake was able to get enough of a touch to send the ball across the line.

With 21 minutes left in the game, Dake took a pass from Reilly Zajac and launched a hard shot from outside the corner of the 18-yard box that found its way through the keeper’s hands.

Union Springs’ best scoring chance of the game came in the 3rd minute when Lexi Colella’s well-taken free kick struck the crossbar.

Lansing Coach Eric Stickel noted that his team got off to a slow start.   “We came out with more energy in the second half.  Things fell into place for us.”

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