Lancer Spotlight 9/8/22: Boys soccer falls to Westminster in season opener


by JP Lyons and Patrick Lyons

The Varsity Boys Soccer team opened their 2022 season on September 6 against the Westminster Owls. Despite playing hard, the Lancers fell 3-0 in front of their home crowd.

The 2022 Lancers are led by senior team captains Andrew Bailey and Kyle Walker who are both determined to get the team into the win column. 

The Lancers are looking to build off this loss after a disappointing 2021 campaign. Last season, the Lancers finished 0-10-2 including a 5-1 loss to the same Westminster Owls.

Linganore started off the game strong as they shared equal possession with Westminster for the first 15 minutes. 

Momentum quickly shifted  into the opposition’s favor as Westminster made a long throw into the box and tapped in an early goal at the 13-minute mark. 

Going into halftime, the Lancers were still only down 1-0.

Lancers defense awaits a Westminster throw in (Patrick Lyons )

Any confidence the Lancers possessed in the lead up to the 2nd half quickly diminished as Westminister put in another two goals early in the second half. These goals came from an unlucky breakaway in the 43rd minute and a very controversial penalty shot in the 46th minute.

The Lancers were unable to mount a comeback; yet, there were some positive takeaways from the team’s season opener.

One bright spot for this Linganore team came from a very solid performance by freshman, Ben Griffin. On a team filled with mostly juniors and seniors, Ben saw the field for the majority of the game and posed a serious threat with his quickness on the ball.

Sophmore Dylan Pagendarm said, “I think the team played well as a whole, we just need to work on keeping possession in our half.”

The Lancers next game is an away game on September 13 against the Walkersville Lions, and their next home game is September 15 versus North Hagerstown. Make sure to come out to the game as the Lancers look for their first win of the season.

Tickets are $2 dollars for students and $7 dollars for adults.