Behind three goals from Max Gilbert ’23, the Lausanne soccer team traveled to Cordova Tuesday night and defeated ECS, 3-1.
Lausanne opened the scoring in the first half after a pass from Isaac Dorsey '22 set up a blast from Gilbert that found the back of the net.
“Scoring first gave us the advantage of being able to focus on stopping their game plan," head coach Rogerio Lima said. "We could sense they were getting frustrated and that allowed us to control the game like we wanted.”
It wasn’t long after that the temperature began to drop and the rain began to fall. Not a problem for these cold-blooded Lynx cats.
“We have to be prepared to play for any conditions,” Lima said. “We try as coaches to expose ourselves in practice to play in any conditions, so when situations like last night happen, we are prepared.”
After carrying the 1-0 lead into the half, Gilbert would go on to add two more goals in the second half. The second came midway through the second half. He then completed his hat trick a few minutes later, slipping away from a defender and receiving a pass from Isaac Dorsey, who assisted on all three of Gilbert’s goals.
For Gilbert, who has attended Lausanne since pre-kindergarten, representing Lausanne and wearing the L in big wins like last night is even more special.
“Because I've been a Lausanne student since age three, it means so much to me to represent Lausanne and perform well in rivalry games like that,” Gilbert said. “When I was in Lower School here, I always looked up to the soccer players and wanted to be in their shoes one day. It means so much to me now to not only be on the team but to be able to represent Lausanne in the biggest games. The whole team did their part last night and that was a huge win for us.”
That said, he knows there is still work to be done for the team to achieve their goals. The next step comes Thursday night in the regional championship at St. George’s against the Gryphons that handed the Lynx a loss at the end of April.
“A rematch with them is exactly what we wanted," Gilbert said. "Coach Lima always has us prepared for these games and we are all ready to get a second chance at the Gryphons. We feel we were unlucky to lose last time we played them, and now having already played them this year, we will be more prepared and ready to take home the region championship.”
“Losing the second game of the season to them helped us show the student-athletes that small mistakes can have serious consequences,” Lima said. “We played a good game against them last time and will come into Thursday's game prepared.”
Regardless of that title-game outcome, Lausanne’s win against ECS ensures that Lausanne will host a state quarterfinal match next week.
“From now on, being physical and eliminating spaces so other teams can create is going to be key to achieving the goals the team has set,” Lima said. “At this time of the year, attitude sometimes takes control of the game in a positive way. Combined with the talent our team has, our goal is to come out on top no matter the opponent.”
See pics from the game on our Facebook site.