GARRETT – The Bishop Luers and Blackhawk Christian boys soccer teams wasted little time in grabbing the momentum in the second half of their semifinal wins at the Garrett Class A Regional on Thursday.
Luers routed Westview 7-1, and Blackhawk Christian pulled away from Lakewood Park 3-1 behind quick goals at the beginning of the second half in each match.
The No. 2 Knights (16-3) and No. 8 Braves (11-4-4) will play in the regional finals at noon Saturday.
Luers’ Dylan Hoya scored just 10 seconds into the second half to put the Knights up 4-1. It was Hoya’s second goal of the game.
We have tried to work on being creative with some things, but the seniors took it upon themselves to set that little play up, Bishop Luers coach John Myers said. To have that start off like that with the speed we have, we had two players in the right spots and we finished it off like we should.
Logan West also two goals for Bishop Luers.
The Knights got four goals in the second half. Also scoring were Brady Bubb (:53), Peter McNamara (3:47) and West (6:48).
Bishop Luers, which scored six straight goals, trailed 1-0 after Buchanan Carpenter scored in the first half (35:09) for Westview (12-7-1). But Hoya (13:00), West (12:26) and Eian Connolly (2:23) scored three straight goals to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at the half.
We were a little impatient at first, and we didn’t think they could score on us, Myers said. But we settled in a little bit, and about 10 minutes after that goal was scored the momentum started. Key players started making plays.
Blackhawk’s goal came from Aaron Jones just 30 seconds into the second half after a scoreless first half.
We just came out and pressed hard to put pressure on the defense where we could get into transition and get a quick goal, said Jones, who scored two goals. A quick goal kind of takes it out of them.
Lakewood Park later tied the score on a goal by Brady Gerke (31:17), but Blackhawk Christian was able to put the match away on a second goal by Jones (29:37) and an own goal by Lakewood Park (27:16) to put the Braves up 3-1.
That was a great way to get the things started, Blackhawk Christian coach Bob Freeborn said. Then the game opened up a little bit. Once we got the goal and the game wore on, things started to open up a little bit, and we could possess the ball better.
The trip to the regional finals is a first for the Braves.
It was an improvement for Blackhawk, which watched as No. 17 Lakewood Park (15-3) dictated play to start the game.
We were lucky we weathered the first 20 minutes like we did because they put a lot of good shots on goal, Freeborn said. We could have been down two goals very easily at halftime.