Bring the rain
Lakeview’s big second half carries them past elements, Mooney
CORTLAND — Rain wasn’t the only thing that couldn’t faze the Lakeview Bulldogs.
With the Bulldogs and the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals facing off Monday for a chance to move to the Division II Austintown District final, Lakeview won 3-1 and will face the winner of today’s Niles-Canfield game.
With the rain sweeping sideways, both teams were still able to find the net.
Lakeview (13-2-3) got the scoring going on an unassisted shot by Reagan Rosenberger with 22:05 left in the first half
“The entire first half and the first 15 minutes, I’d love to say it was the weather that caused the problem, we just weren’t clicking at all,” Lakeview coach Shawn Varley said. “My halftime talk was more about heart and passion. There’s no tomorrow and this is the moment. It got through to some of the girls and that was the difference.”
After a few missed opportunities by both teams, Mooney (12-5-2) responded with a free kick from the 20-yard line by Katie Violi with 3:55 left in the first half. The game was tied at halftime.
“It was huge. To get a goal before the break when you’re down 1-0, that gives you all the momentum,” Mooney coach Thomas Beck said. “We had a lot of chances in the second half that we didn’t put in the back of the net. Hats off to them and good luck to Lakeview in the final.”
In the second half, after a missed opportunity by Lakeview’s Haley Raines, she redeemed herself. She nailed a strike from 35 yards out for a 2-1 lead with 23:16 in the second half. Sam Yanci was credited with the assist on it.
“We passed it well and combining simple play. Reagan made a nice pass to me and I was lucky enough to get a goal,” said Raines about her first goal. “I just hoped for the best. Defenders are big, so I have to put everything I have into the ball.”
Raines struck again with 14:40 left in the second half to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
To help the Bulldogs to victory, goalkeeper Caitlin Kachurik had nine saves on 13 shots on goal.
“They were just doing what they were taught to do,” Varley said. “That’s really just it. It’s not something different, it wasn’t an adjustment that we made… They just decided to do it. We probably executed for about 10 or 15 minutes today.”
Varley said that if it can plug in 80 minutes of that type of passing and playing, his team can compete with anyone.
Lakeview now waits for the winner of the Canfield-Niles game, which was postponed until tonight at 7 because of inclement playing conditions.