Special to LTN
LINCOLNTON â€” The Lake Norman Charter Lady Knights soccer team had no problem handling the Lincolnton Lady Wolves in a 4-0 victory on Monday. The Lady Knights got two goals from senior forward Katie Fabian and one apiece from Erin Iknayan and Carolina Sanchez as they controlled possession for the majority of the game to help them take home the win.
â€œOur main plan was to possess the ball and work off of that,â€ said Lake Norman head coach Justin Valenti. â€œI think we did a pretty good job of that.â€
Within the first five minutes of the game Fabian gave Lake Norman Charter a 1-0 lead when her first goal found the back of the net. Fabian added her second goal of the match with 32 minutes left in the half when she controlled the ball down the left side of the field and got past Lincolnton goal keeper Melissa Rustemov with her left foot.
Lake Norman Charter wasted no time getting the ball back inside of the Wolves 18-yard line. Rustemov streaked out of the goal to stuff a Knight attacker but the ball continued to bounce around the box as Rusternov struggled to get back to the goal. The ball was eventually cleared by the Lincolnton defense to end the threat.
The Lady Knights missed another opportunity to stretch their lead just minutes later when Lake Norman Charterâ€™s Madeline Iknayan sent a cross from the left corner to Rina Leonidas who settled the ball but had it cleared immediately by Lincolntonâ€™s Chasity Ingram.
Lake Normanâ€™s third goal of the first half came with 17 minutes remaining in the half when Iknayan launched a shot from 25 yards out in the center of the field that sailed over the head of Rustemov and into the net.
Lincolnton forward Larissa Bonilla finally found some shot opportunities in the second half, but they were all from at least 25 yards away from the goal.
With 30 minutes left in the game, Bonilla booted a free kick from 35 yards out over the heads of the Lake Norman Charter defenders, but found the keeperâ€™s mitts. Another Bonilla shot attempt came up short from 30 yards out when she blasted one amongst four Lake Norman Charter defenders.
Sanchez put a shot past Rustemov from 20 yards out to give the Knights a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Wolves had their chance to get on the board during stoppage time while they had the ball deep in the Lady Knightsâ€™ territory, but the final whistle blew and gave Lake Norman Charter the victory.
â€œTheyâ€™re just very skilled, there are no ifs, ands or buts about it,â€ Lincolnton head coach Ian Leith said about Lake Norman. â€œI was hoping to get a little more chances but we knew they were going to out-possess us. We didnâ€™t generate the offense we were looking for. I was hoping to get at least one.â€
Lincolnton resumes play at home Friday at 6 p.m. against the East Lincoln Lady Mustangs.