By JOHN PARENT
DHI Media Sports Editor
MIDDLE POINT — There is something to be said for losing to an elite team, especially when you are a program still on the rise. When Lincolnview joined the newly-formed Western Ohio Soccer League this fall, it did so with the understanding that several of the other member have very strong soccer programs.
The Lady Lancers ran up against one of those powers, Sidney Lehman, on Thursday night and was hammered 10-0. But the Lancers paid attention to what Lehman did well and what made a strong team. On Saturday, hosting Van Wert County rival Van Wert, the Lady Lancers applied those lessons and routed the Cougars by a 9-0 final.
“We’ve done a poor job of passing in the past and we’ve really hit that since our whooping against Sidney Lehman, to pass the ball more and not to dribble so much,” Lancer head coach Mark McCleery said following the match.
Just as Lehman did to Lincolnview’s keepers on Thursday, the Lancers did to Van Wert. From the first minute of the match, Lincolnview was applying pressure on the young Cougar defense. At 37:10, Lancer senior Julia Thatcher fired a blast from 18 yards that slammed against the crossbar but classmate Hannah McCleery was there to clean up the rebound for the first score of the match.