Lake Fenton — Sawyer Scott will be the first to tell you it took some time adjusting to the new coaching staff for Lake Fenton’s varsity boys soccer team. After all, departing coach Lenny Glasstetter was at Lake Fenton for a long time and had his share of success while there.
But now that the transition to new coach Mike Korhonen is over, it appears the Blue Devils are doing just fine.
The Blue Devils made easy work of their GAC foes on Tuesday, defeating LakeVille 8-0.
Lake Fenton also tied Laingsburg 0-0 on Thursday.
“It was a little bit,” Scott said about the adjustment. “He’s more serious and we had to realize (he was different).
“It helps more, I think. We are working a lot more together. We are passing and our intensity is higher.”
Korhonen has been pleased.
“They really bought into my expectations about how hard they need to work and how they have to approach coming to soccer practice every day,” Korhonen said. “They are starting to take care of their bodies. They are starting to look up and find the ball, and find the easy play. They are not just running up and down the field.”
On Tuesday, the Blue Devils (4-6-1) were the heavy favorites and made sure the game ended that way. The Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead in the first half, meaning they needed just one more goal to end the game due to the eight-goal mercy rule. That goal was provided by Alex Romans with 24:25 left in the contest on a shot that Romans took to the far side post, netting it.
Romans was one of three Lake Fenton players to finish the game with two goals. The others were Scott and Chase Hansen. Also scoring were Jack Wolgast and Tristan Hagenstein.
Hagenstein and Hansen each had two assists, while Mitchel Dershem, Raied Jawhari and Josh Slough had one assist each.
“We knew some of the scores they had and we knew we should get through with a victory,” Korhonen said. “But we wanted to make sure we worked on things that are going to help us going forward against tougher teams and going forward to the districts. That’s our main goal, getting out of districts.
“Today was a good day to work on possession, move the ball around and also have that killer instinct to finish the ball.”
Scott sees that progress.
“We are more intense, way more intense,” Scott said.
“We hustle harder, run faster, are way more conditioned. We take it more seriously now, take a lot of things more seriously.”
Now the Blue Devils are preparing for the end of the season, which begins in mid-October.
“We are preparing for districts,” Scott said. “We want that title. We just need everyone to step up every day. We need to get better every day.”