After winning just one of its first four matches this season, it may have seemed like the La Crescent High School boys soccer team was in a rebuilding year.
But the Lancers (5-3, 3-1) amended its season-opening bump and proved they are already built quite well by rattling off four consecutive wins by the combined score of 20-1, and allowing just one shot on goal.
“We knew coming in (to the Sept. 14 game against P-E-M) that we were playing some good soccer,” said coach JP Piche, after the Lancers polished off their second straight match without giving up a shot on goal. “We were just trying to get our form, and personnel in the right spots. Just seeing who’s going to benefit us the most at certain positions, and I think we’ve got it, because we played pretty well tonight.”
Piche says the Lancers are still very young, and regularly start three sophomores and a freshman — but the talent is distinctly there. After a 3-1 win over St. Charles on Sept. 7, La Crescent followed it up with an 11-goal win over Caledonia last Tuesday.
In the Sept. 14 home match against P-E-M, the bug-filled air was expunged by the countless balls La Crescent strikers sent sailing toward the net. The second half, controlled entirely by the home team, looked more like target practice for the Lancers.
“We just have to work on our finishing,” said Piche, who had his team ripping shots on goal during the halftime intermission. “It’s gonna come. Once we get some confidence, we play pretty well.”
La Crescent continued its streak in the rain on Monday night with a convincing 3-0 defeat of Coulee Christian, in which freshman midfielder Andy Lopez scored his first goal 23 seconds into the match. Lopez would later add two more for the hat trick, bringing his total goals this season to five, tying him with Isaac Peterson and Alex Boudreau for the team lead.
The Lancers, currently in a three-way first-place tie for the Three Rivers, was to play Winona Cotter on Thursday, before making its second trip through the conference schedule.