MORGANTOWN — Soccer groups typically take their time getting a really feel for his or her opponent — fastidiously probing for weak spot and vulnerability — however the actuality is that almost all coaches just about choose that their expenses begin sturdy and ramp it up from there.
Trinity Christian hosted Oak Glen on Senior Evening, and the immediacy of their efficiency matched coach Dan Lohmann’s desire to perfection, as they took management from the very first moments and by no means eased up, scoring early, late and infrequently to forge a 5-0 first-half lead on the best way to a dominating 7-0 victory.
It took simply two minutes for the Warriors (7-3-1) to dent the scoreboard when junior Lucas Kniska pushed an ideal ball to area, releasing speedy ahead Brock Shuba down the suitable facet. On the prime of the field, he launched a bomb of a right-footed shot that zipped previous Oak Glen (3-6) keeper Richie Gudino on the quick facet for the early 1-0 lead. After three extra high quality possibilities have been narrowly missed or turned apart by Gudino (who completed with 11 saves), TC doubled its benefit on the 14-minute mark when senior Carmelo Kniska stepped right into a via ball from Shuba and powered a shot via the Golden Bears keeper.
The Warriors made it 3-nil on a play much like the primary aim, as Shuba burst down the suitable facet, ripped one other right-footed shot that careered off the crossbar and onto the foot of C. Kniska, who correctly adopted that and picked up a faucet in aim. Not glad with a strong lead, Trinity stored the stress on, as Shuba slid a ball to attacking midfielder Parker Hopkins who slammed a shot into the nook to bump the rating to 4-0. The capper to the Warriors’ first-half blitz got here from the senior Kniska, who turned exterior the 18 and blistered a right-foot shot proper into the nook with only a second remaining within the half for a spectacular aim and 5-0 TC benefit.
Up comfortably, Trinity coach Lohmann adjusted his crew’s second-half focus to the possession recreation, together with a clean-sheet precedence, and as soon as extra, the Warriors took care of enterprise in opposition to the hustling, hard-working Golden Bears. Shortening the sphere and remaining calm on the ball in addition to flipping the sphere successfully, TC managed play all through the remaining 40 minutes. Shuba continued his prolific match by scoring off the senior Kniska’s feed within the 57th minute, then sprung senior Charles Steptoe free down the left facet for a nifty long-range aim rapidly rolled below the hard-charging keeper within the 73rd minute for the ultimate rating of the match.
“I assumed we bought off to a superb begin, particularly how our midfield linked with our forwards,” TC coach Lohmann defined. “Oak Hill performed us onerous and bodily, and we responded with calmness and goal. I appreciated our passing, both to area or to ft, and we shared the ball so properly, which is one thing we’ve prioritized in apply.”
“And a lot of our program’s success comes from our excellent senior class,” he continued. “We’ve set issues up for this to be the gamers’ crew – with the coaches as guides and lecturers – and the cohesiveness and generosity with which all of them play is a tribute to their seniors’ management. They’re all such nice individuals (Carter Hartsock, Steptoe, C. Kniska, and Ben Lohmann – and cross-country seniors Jenna Barnett and Caelyn Unger have been additionally honored), such nice mates, and such nice teammates, and it’s merely been an honor and a privilege to be their coach.”
BY MARK SCHRAF