Lake Fenton — Preston Evans and the Lake Fenton varsity boys soccer team began its district opening contest with the Flint Jaguars, they had scored seven goals all season long.
The team ended up scoring more than that during the 80-minute contest.
Lake Fenton had its best game of the season, earning an 8-1 victory against the Jaguars, also earning the squad a contest against Linden at Linden High School Tuesday.
Evans was one of the players who had a big game, scoring a three-goal hat trick. He entered the game with five goals all season long.
“It was very unexpected,” Evans said. “I had five goals not including today.
“I think it was pretty cool seeing all of the freshmen get out there. After we scored a few goals we just tried to get them to go at it.”
That has been Lake Fenton’s biggest issue this season. The squad graduated a large senior class a year ago and the Blue Devils played the season with only one senior. The roster includes seven freshmen and four sophomores among its 17-player list.
“We’ve played pretty hard but being a really young team it’s hard to compete against varsity players on other teams when we are mostly freshmen and JV players.”
Lake Fenton varsity boys soccer coach was pleased to see the team have a breakout performance.
“We scored more goals today than we have scored the whole season,” Jawhari said. “We have gotten better every game but they are fighting with belief in each other and trust. Every day it’s getting better and better and other people are stepping up. It’s finally getting better. We played Swartz Creek two days ago, and even though we lost 4-0, aol the players played. Each game you just want them to get better and to start gelling as a team. You can’t just count on your four best guys or whoever. You need everyone to contribute. You need good guys coming off the bench.”
The Jaguars had a few moments, but for the most part the Blue Devils controlled the game. Lake Fenton enjoyed a n 18-3 shot edge in the first half, resulting in four goals within the first 23 minutes of the contest. The first came on a penalty kick by Cameron Suthard, and the second came on an indirect kick inside the Jaguars’ goal box. Jonathon Rubey scored it. Before the half was over, Evans scored on a crossed ball and Suthard scored his second goal on a nice lead pass. Flint scored a goal with 40.7 seconds left in the half, but the Blue Devils still led comfortably 4-1.
Lake Fenton scored four more goals in the second half. The first came on a Suthard cross to Evans for a goal. the next came on a rebound goal by Jacob Haugh on a corner kick attempt. The final two goals were provided by Caleb Harvey and Evans. Evans finished his hat trick with 1:27 left.