Lewis lifts LC past Faith Chris­tian

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

In non-league boys’ soc­cer ac­tion on Tues­day the sched­ule paired up two teams, Lans­dale Catholic and Faith Chris­tian, both deal­ing with the same early sea­son sit­u­a­tion. Both the Cru­saders DnG WKH LLRns KDvH firsW yHDr JRDOLHs DnG fiHOG SODyHrs Ln new roles.

While the ros­ter makeover is a chal­lenge, the ex­pec­ta­tions stay the same. Both Cru­saders’ coach goe Wil­son and Lions’ coach oyan Cly­mer be­lieve their teams have enough tal­ent to be up for the task of com­pet­ing for a league ti­tle in their re­spec­tive leagues.

One as­pect that looks to be in good shape for both sides is their strik­ers. The Lions’ ju­nior Dy­lan Papiernik put in both goals in the 6-2 loss to the Cru­saders. It was ju­nior Michael Lewis’ four­goal ef­fort that was the dif­fer­ence maker.

“We are still mak­ing some silly mis­takes,” Wil­son said. “But over­all the per­for­mance was en­cour­ag­ing.”

“They were a well­coached team,” Cly­mer said. “They spaced well and I was im­pressed with the way Lans­dale Catholic came out and played to­day.”

LHwLs’ firsW JRDO JDvH WKH CrusDGHrs WKHLr firsW OHDG of the af­ter­noon in the 21st minute. Se­nior Bobby Kelly’s cross sailed right onto the head of a leap­ing Lewis. .HOOy finLsKHG wLWK WKrHH Ds­sists. Lewis helped the Cru­saders pull away in the sec­ond with goals in the 58th, 6Tth and T1st min­utes.

“Michael Lewis is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing player,” Wil­son said. “He has re­ally IRunG WKH DELOLWy WR finG WKH nHW DnG LI wH finG D wDy WR get him open, he is go­ing to have a big day, like he did to­day.”

While Lewis’ goal in the 58th minute gave the Cru­saders a cush­ion, the Lions were not go­ing down with­RuW D fiJKW. 2nOy sHFRnGs ODWer Papiernik tal­lied his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon to ErLnJ WKH GH­fiFLW EDFN WR RnH goal at 3-2. Papiernik also opened up the scor­ing with a top-right cor­ner smash in the third minute of play.

“We had a for­ward that was held out be­cause of two yel­low cards in the last game,” Cly­mer said. “So, Dy­lan kind of had to be the top tar­get to­day. We had kids come off the bench to­day and there play was en­cour­ag­ing.”

The Lions tried out mul­ti­ple for­ma­tions, but could nHvHr finG WKH IRRW RI 3Dpiernik enough as the Cru­saders con­nected with ease Ln WKH finDO 40 PLnuWHs. 7KH Lions were with­out two for­wards for the non-league game and the hope is once they are back to full strength they will be back to the style WKDW OHG WKHP WR D 2-0 sWDrW WR the sea­son prior to Tues­day’s set­back. The loss did point out ar­eas the Lions need to be im­proved prior to Bi­cen­ten­nial League play.

With Philadel­phia Catholic League games right around the cor­ner, coach Wil­son is pleased see his team start­ing to hit their stride.

“They are start­ing to gel,” Wil­son said. “We have been work­ing on a cou­ple dif­fer­ent things and it takes a lit­tle bit to get it go­ing. They are start­ing to get a good un­der­stand­ing of the sys­tem we put in.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

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