Grangers get their kicks in

Published 10:53 am Friday, June 28, 2019

The new-look LaGrange High boys’ soccer team hit the turf of Callaway Stadium on Wednesday for a three-team play date that also involved Pacelli and Columbus.

LaGrange played hard-fought games against both of those teams, winning one and losing the other.

After opening with a 1-0 loss to Pacelli in a game that was delayed for about 30 minutes when a storm moved through the area, LaGrange earned a dramatic 2-1 win over Columbus later in the day.

The Grangers lost some key seniors from a team that won a region championship this spring, so Thursday’s scrimmages gave head coach Shane Pulliam an opportunity to get an idea of what the 2020 team will look like.

“You have to find out what works best,” Pulliam said. “So I was moving some people around. Are we going to keep people in the same positions, or are we going to kind of move them around, so we can continue to have depth the next two years in the back? We’re just trying to figure all of that out before January.”

Pacelli scored an early goal and made that lead stand up against LaGrange.

While LaGrange lost the 40-minute game, Pulliam achieved his goal of getting everyone some time on the field.

“Everybody got to play at least 10 minutes,” Pulliam said.

After Pacelli and Columbus played to a scoreless tie, LaGrange and Columbus finished the day with a game against each other.

Toni Sosa scored LaGrange’s first goal on an assist from Josue Recinos, and Andy Patton had the game-winning goal with Christian Ceja providing the assist.

“Everybody played well, and some of the young ones got to step up and play against some really talented varsity players on the other teams,” Pulliam said.

Pulliam is hoping to have another play date in July in Columbus, although nothing’s official yet.

“We’re talking with the other coaches about us going down there before we get to the end of the year,” Pulliam said.

LaGrange’s players are playing three-on-three soccer this summer as part of the Sea Turtles organization.

Earlier this month, teams made up of LaGrange’s high-school players met in the championship game of a tournament.

Sea Turtles two beat Sea Turtles one in overtime.

Last weekend in Hiram, Sea Turtles one finished second in overtime, and Sea Turtles two was fourth.

Jack DeVane said the goal coming into every three-vs.-three tournament is to have the two LaGrange teams meeting for the title.

“That’s our plan,” DeVane said. “We’re taking two teams, and our plan is to meet each other in the championship.”