The Lakeshore girls’ dominance of this year’s Division II, District 6 race continued at Salmen on Thursday evening.
The Titans won, 8-0, in a mercy-rule victory that was called in the 68th minute in Slidell.
The biggest hurdle remaining in Lakeshore’s district schedule is a daunting two-game run against defending Division II state champion Ben Franklin. The first of those games is set for Jan. 19, and the other is on Jan. 27.
And as Lakeshore knows, quite a difficult task awaits in Ben Franklin. The Falcons are listed first in the most recent LHSAA Division II Power Rankings. The Titans are fourth in the same report.
But before any showdowns were set, Lakeshore had to deal with Salmen on Thursday.
“I think these games are helping us work on set pieces, and moving the ball,” said junior Shannon Roussell. “I think that will help us in upcoming games.”
Lakeshore coach Wes Leake sure hopes so.
“These games sometimes go in our favor, but we always have to work on the smaller points (to be ready for a team like Ben Franklin,”) Leake said.
Lakeshore wasted listed in making its presence known against the Spartans (1-8, 1-3.) In the third minute, Emma Claire Furman slid up the right side and pushed a shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Jamie Raines squeezed into the Salmen box for a left-footed shot that made the game 2-0.
By the time Presley Molitor slipped a ball into net during the 11th minute, Lakeshore had established complete dominance. Molitor blew another goal through goal a minute later to push the lead to 4-0.
Lilly Sampey padded the Titans’ lead in the 36th minute when she pounded a ball into the box for a 5-0 margin. That’s how the score stood at halftime.
Lakeshore attacked again after halftime, but its first eight shots were off mark. Then the floodgates reopened (literally and figuratively,) as a steady rain began to fall at Salmen.
Raines scored again in the 59th minute, before goals by Line Aasen and Alexis Linson finished the match early.
Lakeshore 2, Salmen 1: Salmen outshot Lakeshore in the first half of Thursday’s district match and took a 1-0 lead in what became sloppy weather.
Despite the steady showers, though, Lakeshore freshman Jacob Bernard got his offense going, and that was all the Titans needed.
Bernard, a freshman, scored two late goals in a driving rain to pace Lakeshore to a district win at Salmen.
The victory was a vital one for the Titans. Lakeshore improved to 8-6-3, 3-1 with the win. Salmen, which led until the final moments of the game, fell to 4-5-2, 1-3.
“We play on turf at home, so the ball was slow (Thursday),” Bernard said. “It was tough out there. But this was a big win for us.”
Salmen’s Ethan Laug scored midway through the first half, and that margin held until the final minutes of the Division II, District 6 match. The Titans had other chances in the final minutes to increase their lead, with a close ball missing just wide right and another off the crossbar.