The Lusher Lions boys soccer team improved to 8-6-1 on the season and 4-1 in district play with a dominant 5-2 win over the Haynes Yellow Jackets at home Thursday night.
“It was a good night in terms of the result and what we did in the first half,” Lusher coach Daniel Perez said.
“(In the first half) we weren’t giving the opponent a chance to build the attack. ... We were doing a very good job of keeping the action on their half of the field.”
The Lions scored four goals in the first half with Marti Falgueras and Joe Roberts netting two scores each.
Falgueras scored the first two in the 13th and 22nd minutes, while Roberts’ pair came in the 34th and 38th minutes. Roberts kicked his first goal in from long distance, and the second goal bounced off the keeper’s hands and into the net.
“It was hard to find the rhythm at the beginning,” Roberts said. “I had a few misplays, but I knew with the guys behind me, one would fall for me.
“I got a good ball from Marti on my second goal and I knew what to do with it.”
Haynes (6-9) put up a late rally with goals by Bobby Wahl, but it was too late for the Jackets to make anything out of it.
Perez was not happy with Lusher’s second-half performance.
“I think we lost an edge on our midfield play,” Perez said. “We gave up a lot of balls and made some decisions that I’m sure everyone who made them will admit they didn’t have as good a second half as they did the first.”
Lusher had a brief scare late in the game when Roberts went down with what initially appeared to be a serious injury, but it turned out to be just a cramp.
“Got to do a lot of stretching before tomorrow night, but I’m feeling good,” he said.