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soccer MFerBenjiGeislerSophomore midfield Benji Geisler had a fantastic day on the pitch scoring 3 goals, and assisting on 3 others as the Lansing boys' soccer team rolled to a 7-0 victory on Tuesday afternoon in Groton. Junior striker and Tri-Captain Ethan Kutler continued his scoring ways by quickly putting two behind the Groton netkeeper within the first 15 minutes of the game to get the Bobcats rolling. Later in the first half, Kutler played a nice through ball to an onrushing Geisler who slotted the ball into the far side netting for a 3-0 advantage. After securing a Groton turnover, Geisler then played a long through ball to sprinting junior striker Nathaniel McIntosh, who calmly placed his shot in the back of the net beyond the on rushing Groton keeper to round out the first half scoring.

In the second half, the young Groton team came out determined and inspired to shut down the powerful Bobcat offense by packing in their defensive 18-yard box. Recognizing this, the Bobcat offense remained patient and worked the ball around, switching fields and looking to penetrate their offensive third by varying their attack. As a result of their defensive pressure on Groton, the Bobcats' Geisler chested down an attempted clearance and drilled his 3rd goal of the day over the Groton keeper to increase the score to 6-0, Bobcats. Not much later the Groton defense began to break down and junior midfielder Cobi Byrne took a drop pass from junior winger Ellington Hopkins and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net to round out the scoring.

Although very pleased with the overall outcome of the game, Coach Adam Heck was particularly pleased with the lads' second half play, "I thought that in the second half, our boys really played with more energy, more with a purpose and that they demonstrated a desire to improve their game".

soccer JuniorMFerCobiByrne400Junior Cobi Byrne rips a shot against Groton (Smaller picture above) Sophomore Benji Geisler avoids the Groton keeper on an attack to the goal
The Bobcat defense proved stout once again, allowing only 1 Groton shot to reach the Lansing box, which keeper Benji Parkes had no trouble handling. Overall, the Bobcats outshot their opponents 36-1, and had a decided advantage in corners, 9-0. The result moves the boys' season record to 3-0, and increases their goal differential to a plus 22, having not yet given up a goal to the opposition.

The Bobcats return to action next at Moravia on Thursday, September 15th, and at Marathon on Friday, the 16th. Friday's game versus Marathon promises to be a good challenge for the lads on the pitch, as they look to make their mark on the IAC in 2011 with a definitive victory.

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