LMC Chokes in District Finals


Nathan Janson

St. Bernard’s Soccer Field and Cassopolis Soccer Field – The Lake Michigan Catholic men’s soccer team season just ended with a devastating finnish. The Lakers played Bridgman in the first round, Brandywine in the second round, and New Buffalo in the finals.

They faced Bridgman on Monday, October 18th, who they lost to 5-2 earlier that season. At this point it seemed like their season might be cut short, but the Lakers came out strong, winning 2-1 to get by their toughest opponent.

Nati Schueneman, senior, scored LMC’s first goal off a corner kick that deflected off of one of Bridgeman’s defenders. Soon after, Bridgman scored, tying up the game at 1-1. With little time left in the first half, LMC took the lead with a goal from Andrew Kangas, senior, that was assisted by senior Ben Janson.

The entire team was elated to have finally beaten Bridgman. Schueneman was ecstatic.

“Beating Bridgman was something we worked to all year, and to have finally won felt like a blessing from God.”

Next, the Lakers went on to play Brandywine on Wednesday, October 20th, whom they had mercied earlier that year 9-1. They won easily winning 8-0, which put them in the district finals.

The finals took place on Thursday, October 21st, and the Lakers faced the New Buffalo Bison. LMC beat them twice earlier this year, winning 6-0 and 5-1. The game took place in Cassopolis, who hosted districts this year, and conditions we very rough.

The Laker’s Andrew Kangas scored a quick goal, assisted by Fred Peters. After that it all went downhill for LMC with 3 consecutive Bison goals to end the game in a devastating loss to end their season.

Fred Peters, senior captain, had a few thoughts as to why the boys did not win.

“We went into the game over confident and unready for a good game.”

The Bison went into the game ready to fight and the Lakers didn’t see it coming until it was too late.  The Lakers finished the season with an 17-5-1 record. Nice job to everyone on the Laker’s men’s soccer team.