Lakers’ soccer coach Jeremy Thelen saw his team play by far its best 15 minutes of soccer of the year on Wednesday at Mona Shores.
Then lightning struck, the game was postponed, and the magic was gone.
Spring Lake held on for a 4-1 win over the host Sailors, but couldn’t quite match that fantastic opening stretch after taking a 30-minute break because of the weather.
“If you could bottle that first 20 minutes, saved it, pulled it out later in the tournament, whew,” said Thelen, whose team is now 7-0-02 on the year. “We were all over the place. Passing to feet, moving it quickly.”
The Lakers pushed three goals across in those opening few minutes, including a score by Mariada Gedzon less than a minute into the contest.
Kelly Hoffius scored off an assist from Kenzie Price three minutes later, then Saebryn Peel scored off a Morgan Carey assist 12 minutes into the game.
Hoffius scored again later in the first half to give the Lakers a 4-0 lead.
Junior Varsity: Grace Thornley, Sadie Tanner and Taylor Rubleski scored goals as the Lakers beat the Sailors, 3-0.