After falling 2-1 to Marion in the first game last week, the Beckman boys’ soccer team bounced back against Center Point-Urbana there, April 23, for a 1-0 win and a 6-1 season mark, holding on to their number one ranking.
“This may have been a 1-0 game but the stats say a whole lot more than that,” smiled coach Mirek Laskowski. “We out-shot them 17-2 but couldn’t get the ball in.”
The lone goal came in the fifth minute of the second half, when Logan Burchard headed in “ a perfect pass from Lane Kramer, who had taken a perfect pass from Eli Dunkel,” according to Laskowski. “It was an absolutely amazing series of three passes and totally beautiful.
“We dominated the game and got more action on the ball than we did Tuesday night. Conner (Grover) had two absolutely perfect shots, one that the keeper stopped through pure luck. And Trent (Arens) got one off from about 30 feet that missed under the bar by inches. If he had been 32 feet away, it would have scored. That’s the way it went on our shots. It seemed like a one-way game but CPU played tough and cleared the balls well. We did have 14 corner shots though, so you know how many times we were in their half and they were forced to kick the ball out.”
Grover and Burchard ended with five shots on goal, Mitchell Naber three, Dunkel two, Bryce Boekholder and Arens one.
April 20 at home, the Blazers dropped a 2-1 decision to Marion after trailing 1-0 at halftime. “It was almost as if we asked to lose this one,” said Laskowski. “We had so many close shots that should have gone in and didn’t, some even one-on-one with their keeper. I told the guys you have 24 feet of net, don’t shoot it right at the keep, slide it around the side and into the corner. We just couldn’t finish, even out-shooting them 16-7. Ideally, the score should have been 6-2 had we finished the way we know how.
“On the flip side though, I’ve never seen them play better than they did at CPU. They really bounced back from this loss.”
Burchard scored the lone goal again, in the second half. Notching shots on goal were Burchard, Naber and Owen Huehnergarth with four, Kramer two, Grover and Arens one.
The JV team played just one game this week and topped CPU 2-1 on goals from Wil Roling and Matthew Florence. Florence added two shots on goal, Isaiah Smith, Oakley Harbaugh, Devin Burlage and Brady Bockenstedt one.