SPRINGVILLE — Coming off a 3 – 0 loss to Amherst, the Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity boys soccer team was back on the field on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to play Lakeshore on the road, trying to get back into the win column against a team that shut Springville out, earlier in the season 3 – 0, on Sept. 7.
The defense could not hold off Lakeshore’s scorers and Springville lost by a 6 – 3 count.
Nick Lavanture scored Springville’s only goal in the first half, but Lakeshore answered with 4, during that half. Mark Doud took over in goal for Stephen Lightcap in the second half and was welcomed by a penalty shot. Doud denied the penalty shot and Dustin Emerson scored shortly thereafter, before Lavanture notched another one, to pull the Griffins within one goal of tying the game, which was now a 4 – 3 advantage for Lakeshore.
“We continued playing inspired and applying pressure,” said Coach Martin Niefergold, who watched the opponent strike with fewer than 5 minutes left in the game, to double its lead. “That proved to be the backbreaker,” he said.
Lakeshore added another tally a few moments later, to secure the 6 – 3 win, improving to 2 – 0 against Springville, this season.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, Springville visited Holland in an attempt to reverse its recent fortunes, but Holland blanked the Griffins 3 – 0.
Springville was back in action at home the next evening against Maryvale and was playing in a tie contest going into overtime. Maryvale pulled out the winning goal on the last shot of the game, dropping Springville to a 2 – 1 defeat in the extra frame.
That loss was Springville’s fourth in a row and ninth on the season. The team’s record was 3 – 9 through 12 games, as it hosted North Collins on Thursday, Oct. 11. The team’s next game is slated for Monday, Oct. 15 on the road against Pioneer. That game will begin at 4:30 p.m.