The Lakeshore girls soccer team, the No. 5 seed in Division II, looked strong in a regional playoff against 12th-seeded Ursuline.
Lakeshore (13-7-5) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over the Lions at Lakeshore Stadium near Mandeville on Wednesday night. The Titans next will face fourth-seeded Vandebilt Catholic on the road.
The Titans dominated the first half, but left the 40-minute period with only a 1-0 lead. Lakeshore outshot the Lions 9-1 before halftime and dominated the time of possession.
Haylee Atwell scored the first goal when she looped an advantageous shot into the Ursuline net. The 25-yard attempt went over the outstretched arms of Ursuline goalkeeper Daniela Rocha. The score came 11 minutes into the game.
After Atwell scored, the Titans’ best chance to score came in the 26th minute when they jammed the Ursuline box with players. Several shots on goal were deflected or missed the mark, however, and the Lions went into halftime only trailing by one goal.
Ursuline started the second half with offense on the mind. The Lions fired two shots on goal in the first three minutes, but neither found the mark.
Then it was Lakeshore’s chance to attack. And after two early shots, the Titans finally found their mark.
Rebecca Malmberg took an assist in the center of the box in the 50th minute and rolled a keeper into the Ursuline net. Malmberg’s score, which found the bottom right corner, put Lakeshore ahead 2-0.
“We practiced a lot on keeping the ball moving,” said Malmberg, an exchange student from Sweden. “It was exciting to get the goal and to have as many shots as we did.”
Lakeshore outshot Ursuline 13-5 in the match.
“We had some high-percentage chances tonight, and we were able to control the ball most of the time,” Lakeshore coach Wes Leake said. “There were a lot of positives to take out of this one, and we will take that and move ahead.”
Ursuline coach Winston Lewis said his team is young and will return nearly everyone next season.
While aiming for a win, he was pleased with the Lions game on Wednesday.
“They were technically better than us,” Lewis said. “We made up for it in effort, but it wasn’t enough today. Still, I’m happy with what we did. We just didn’t have many chances.”