Lordstown cruises past JM, 6-0, in boys soccer

At the home of General Motors, the Lordstown Red Devils cruised to a 6-0 boys soccer win over the Jackson Milton Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon.

A hat trick by freshman forward Jay Frank led the way for Lordstown. The Red Devils move on to a sectional bracket final in the Division III tournament. Fifth-seeded Lordstown (9-6-1) will face another Red Devil team, Campbell, Saturday at 3 p.m. at Campbell’s home field. Campbell is seeded fifth in the Austintown District.

“Hopefully we can go far in the playoffs. I think we have a good chance,” Frank said.

After a slow start, Frank got the home team on the board with the first of his three goals, twenty minutes into the game. Senior Jordan Beyah added another to make it 2-0 at halftime.

“We got a little frustrated to begin with because of their defense. But we found ways to get around their defense,” Lordstown coach Mike Smith said.

Almost as soon as the second half began, Frank put another score on the board with a quick strike goal from long distance. Beyah then had a tremendous assist across field to sophomore Mason Austin who scored twice.

Mason’s second goal came shortly after. Frank put his third goal in on a nifty move around a defender to complete his hat trick and cap off the victory.

“Lordstown was a very tough opponent today. It shows why they were ranked 5 in our grouping. They have very good players,” Jackson-Milton coach Craig Fetkovich said. “It was a tough season with injuries for us. I’m proud of our kids.”

“We had a pretty hard schedule this year facing two Division II schools. I thought we played pretty well,” Smith said.

Lordstown goalie, junior Collin Himes, had seven saves. Senior midfielder Dom D’Amico helped set the the tempo for Lordstown.

“The keeper and Dom are our field generals,” Smith said.

Jackson-Milton goalie Alex Simkins faced relentless pressure. The ball was on his side of the field the majority of the match. He finished with 19 saves for the game.