Wednesday, December 19, 2012

High School Stories: The Other Lions visit Rams


The temperature continued to drop as the Tuesday night lights shined bright upon historic Don T. Reynolds Stadium on the famous corner of Longwood-Lake Mary Road and Green Way. Lake Mary High were about to begin a battle with Oviedo High from across Seminole County. As the referees readied their watches, the boys finished warming up along with the color commentator (whose voice was on beat all night long) in his press box. 

From the first whistle it seemed the home team that would be having the first belt of possession and apply some control to the game. With high pressure (center backs over the half line), it seemed they had pushed the boys in orange back towards their own net.  It did not take long for the tables to turn on the Rams, though. Oviedo began to win balls and place the game into their tempo with quick passes and aggressive play. A few shots on goal were highlighted by a dipping volley from #11 Forward outside the eighteen yard box that was headed for the opposite upper ninety. 

An outstretched, strong hand from the ‘Brick Wall’ (nickname given by announcer) keeper of Lake Mary barely tipped the swirling shot over the bar. Several minutes later #11 would be involved around the goal again. A curling through ball on the right side of the box finds fellow Lion up top #21 who pops it over an outrushing Rams keeper to put his side up 1-0 (22nd minute). 

It would not be more than four minutes before Oviedo’s #21 made an almost identical run and received another through ball. This time he slotted his shot low and into the left side netting. The boys in orange were up 2-0 (26th minute). 

Oviedo would continue to press in the first half as Lake Mary had limited chances on goal. What chances they did have were largely in thanks to an aggressive Central Midfielder wearing the number 3. The Rams Captain was essential in breaking up key plays in the first half. 

Despite their hard work, the host team did not get their break through in the first forty and went into halftime down by two. 

The second half started off the same as the first. Lake Mary seemed to have connected some quality passes and put some pressure onto the orange boys. It did not take long for the Lions to gain control of the match again, though. Their teamwork to win back balls immediately resulted in little possession for the home side. An excellent play by Rams came about in the 60th minute as a defensemen cleared a ball off the goal line that had bounced over the keeper. 

After gaining some increased control in the second half, Lake Mary won a free kick on the right side line about twenty-five yards out. Rams’ dead ball specialist #3 floated a ball into the box that caused a scramble. The ball bounced around and was eventually forced into the back of the net by Lake Mary #2. 

The boys in white’s keeper continued to  be a ‘brick wall’ between the posts cutting out countless through balls and point blank shots. Despite his effort (including field play on a final seconds corner kick) the match ended 2-1 with the Lions defeating the Rams on their home turf. 

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