September 28, 2005
The Portland Lutheran soccer team’s goalie got a workout Friday afternoon from the Horizon Hawks. In their first league game of the season, Horizon had a total of 46 shots, with 20 of them shots-on-goal.
The Hawks trounced Portland Lutheran 5-1 in their first league game of the season, with two goals from Stephen Stenberg and one each from Sam Seal, Kent Ulend and David Rovianek.
Portland Lutheran put one on the board first with their only goal of the game in the opening minutes of the first half.
“I think the goal against us actually helped us,” said Coach Mark Lago. “Sometimes you just need a little fire under you to get going.”
And the fire burned hot.
With 30 shots in the first half alone, the Hawks dominated the midfield and hammered away at Portland’s defenders.
To their credit, Portland Lutheran held Horizon to only one goal, by Stenberg, in the half, for a 1-1 tie at halftime.
“We started pushing the ball wide and letting our speed take over,” Lago said. “The second goal was just an incredible strike by Sam Seal from 45 yards out. It was beautiful.”
With the opposition on their heels and a solid defensive crew as backup, the Hawks pushed up and controlled the midfield throughout the half, allowing the middies and forwards to attack the goal and work on their offense.
Ulend scored next with a header from a flick-on, to increase Horizon’s lead to 3-1.
Stenberg scored again, followed shortly by a beautiful sinking shot from Rovianek to finish off the Hawk’s scoring streak.
In the goal for Horizon was Cameron Root, who had four saves.