Lakeview stopped by Cardinals

Canfield's Jake Johnson (left) and Lakeview's Vinnie Rienzi (right) battle for possession during their game in Cortland on Saturday. Canfield won 2-1.

CORTLAND — The Canfield Cardinals pulled out a 2-1 boys soccer victory over Lakeview on Saturday, despite a last-minute charge by the Bulldogs.

With the final seconds ticking off the clock, Cardinals goalkeeper Jad Jadallah made a save off of what was looking to be the tying goal, coming off of a Bulldog header.

“It was a good game,” Canfield coach Phil Simone said. “Last year there was a pretty dramatic ending, and we almost had the same thing happen today.”

Senior forward Mitch Mangie scored both goals for the Cardinals. The first goal came with 3:20 left in the first half. Mangie sent a shot sailing from 40 yards out, bypassing Bulldogs goalkeeper Chris Altier, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead heading into the half.

There was some physicality between the two sides, something Simone notes as part of the game.

Lakeview's Devonte Parker heads the ball as Canfield's Jake Johnson defends during their game in Cortland on Saturday. Canfield won 2-1.

“That’s just part of the game,” Simone said. “If you’re down you want to go win, and if you’re up you want to keep winning. It’s bound to get chippy sometimes.”

Later on in the match Mangie sent another shot past Altier, hitting the top left corner of the net, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs received a second wind late in the match due to senior forward Devonte Parker. Parker had four shots, one of which went for a goal but it was waved off. It gave the Bulldogs the motivation to pepper the net and get a goal on the board.

Three minutes later, Bulldogs senior Jeff Remmick scored on a penalty kick to narrow the lead to 2-1, keeping the momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor.

The momentum was in a constant shift throughout the match, with neither team pulling the reins away for too long.

“We’re still trying to find our way,” Simone said. “We have a lot of freshmen that are trying to start varsity. We just have to find our rhythm. It was a good team, and it was a good game.”

The Bulldogs are off to Jefferson to square off against the Falcons, and up next for the Cardinals is their home opener against Green.

“It’s our first home game so we’re pretty excited,” Simone said. “We just really have to make sure we’re ready for it, because it’s going to be a good game.”