Boys Soccer Wins Region


Kyle Kessler

GM players battle the Bison for the ball.

Isaac Kennedy, Reporter

Goals, saves, and wins. The General McLane boys soccer teams looks ready to take on the playoffs head on. The Lancers sealed their spot in the district ten playoffs after beating the Fort LeBoeuf Bison on October 12 by a score of 2-0. With this win they sealed first place in their region and received a first game bye. The Lancers have had to go through a lot this season to get where they are.

The Lancers started out hot by defeating CASH and then upsetting McDowell in double overtime just a few days later. They then went on a three game losing streak and it looked liked all hope was lost. However, they proved everyone wrong and finished the season by winning all 12 of their remaining games.

Dylan Young, junior defenseman and utility player, stated, “I would say we exceeded expectations. We won our region.”

Ever since the Lancers last regular season game they have been fully focused on the D-10 playoffs. Last year, they fell one game short of being champions as they lost to Cathedral Prep in the championship game.

Both Young and Drew Burhenn, starting left midfielder, agreed that Cathedral Prep was definitely the toughest opponent they faced this season. “They are just so fast,” Burhenn said about the play of the Ramblers. Young explained that Prep is just a tough team to play.

They also said that their team is destined for a long run in the playoffs. Burhenn plainly stated that they are going to go really far. Young took a more pessimistic view on things when he said, “We will win until we play Prep.” The Lancers and the Ramblers are on opposite sides of the bracket, so if they were to face off it would be in a winner takes all championship game.

One thing standing in the Lancers way are injuries. Junior standout Brennan Songer has a sprained ACL and will not be able to play the rest of the season. That is huge blow to the team as he is one of the Lancers top scorers. General McLane knows it’s going to be a challenge to win games without Songer, but they have expressed a “next man up” attitude which may prove vital in the playoffs.

The Lancers first playoff game will be on Wednesday, October 25 in Fairview against Franklin. The Lancers are favored to win as they already beat Franklin during regular season play.  Make sure to support your General McLane Lancers as they are destined for a long playoff run.