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Lakewood kickers improve to 5-0
LAKEWOOD There was no offense intended by either goalkeeper when Lakewood and Kings met in a March 21 league contest.
It was really intense the whole game, Lakewood goalkeeper Peter Karrenberg later said, adding that after a scoreless first half, We knew they were going to come out strong that second half.
The contest grew heated in the second half as both teams grew frustrated with their inability to find the goal. Around the midpoint of the second half, Lakewood junior Evander Ochoa was yellow carded for a flagrant foul. Teammate Nate Black got the same call with about 12 minutes left in the game, while cards were later pulled against Kings senior midfielder Michael Kenyon and sophomore midfielder Ryan McCormick. In all that time, neither keeper ceded a goal.
The Cougars ultimately beat Kings 5-4 in a shootout after both teams went 90 minutes without a score. Karrenberg got the critical stop for Lakewood as he halted a penalty kick from Kings Kenyon to give his team a one-goal advantage. Lakewoods five kickers helped him out, finally getting the goals against Kings keeper Anthony Ulskey that had eluded them earlier in the game.
We went into PKs last time we played them, Karrenberg added. I was thinking, Ive got to get this or were going longer.
Lakewood coach Vaughn Vandelac attributed the long game to a combination of play not quite up to par and a little bad luck.
Youre going to have good and bad games during the year, he said. We played good enough to get to the shootout.
Craig Hooks and Brian Star kept Lakewood even, answering Kings first two penalty kicks. After Karrenbergs block, senior Andrew Priest gave Lakewood the go-ahead score. Ochoa landed the fourth goal and captain Eric Hawks the game-winner.
As it landed in the net, Hawks turned to the rest of the squad, flashing number-one signs on both hands.
Karrenberg credited his teammates on defense for helping him force the shootout.
Our defense is real strong, he said. If I make a mistake, theyve got my back.
With the win against Kings Lakewood improved to 5-0. They faced Cedarcrest in a match of undefeated teams March 25 after The Globe went to press.