CANANDAIGUA – Finally – the Lakers talent would bleed through the surface over the weekend – in an overwhelming manner. Entering game 6 of the 2012 season on Saturday (9/8) at home against Corning CC (conference member), Finger Lakes was winless. Well – they are no longer victims of being stuck in the winless column.
The Lakers (1-4-1, 1-2-0 MSAC) got off the snide over the weekend by shutting out the Red Barons, 5-0. On a dreary afternoon in their own backyard, Finger Lakes stung Corning with their great play on offense and defense throughout the duration of the contest. The heaping amount of goals scored by Finger Lakes on Saturday came from four different players.
The first of which was scored by promising freshman Michael Cooper (midfielder). Cooper broke a 0-0 tie in the game at the 32nd minute with his marker. The goal marked the first of his collegiate career. On the passing end of his goal was James Bates (defender). Bates pass was made with precision as it was threaded through a sea of defenders before finding Cooper's foot.
After leading 1-0 at minute 32, the Lakers scoring became dormant until the second half. In the second half, their offense would be heard from in a rather loud fashion.
The Lakers offense became anything but dormant starting at minute 52. Starting there is when they began putting tally after tally on the scoreboard. At that minute is when Jordan Leonard (midfielder) would score Finger Lakes second goal (first of his collegiate career) of the game. Leonard's tally was assisted by Connor Jackson (midfielder).
The Lakers started to build some serious momentum on offense after Leonard's goal. It was just 2 minutes later when they would discover the goal-scoring column yet again. At minute 54, Cooper would chart his second goal of the game thanks in part to a great pass made by teammate Sahbaz Sabanovic (forward).
Leading 3-0 after Cooper's second goal of the day, Finger Lakes would wait until the 74th minute to add to its significant lead. At that minute is when Justin Coates (midfielder) would add his name to the scoring list. Coates, a 6'4" freshman out of Nunda, NY, actually changed positions in Saturday's game 2 minutes prior to his marker – which was the first of his collegiate career. He made the switch to forward after playing his usual position of midfield. Well – that move paid off.
Now up 4-nil with 18 minutes to go in regulation, the Lakers were feeling comfortable about their chances of sealing the win. But – they continued to press on offense. They never let their feet off of the gas. Just before the end of the 90-minute meeting with Corning, Finger Lakes added a fifth goal for great measures.
At minute 87, Casey Bordwell (defender) would discover the feeling of scoring a goal in the college ranks for the first time of his young career. The freshman solidified the 5-0 victory for the Lakers by scoring off of a Brian Onuffer (defender) deflected shot.
It wasn't completely all about the Lakers offense in the win over the weekend. Their defense, along with starting goalkeeper Shane Bly, played a major role in the dismantling of the Red Barons. Finger Lakes D kept Corning's offenders in check all afternoon. The Lakers defenders along with Bly provided the team with a great deal of energy on the field in the conference matchup. Bly tallied the first win of his collegiate career in net by recording 6 saves.
Finger Lakes will look to continue building upon its win over Corning in its next game – which is slated for tomorrow. The Lakers will take on #4 nationally ranked Mohawk Valley CC on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.