LCS boys soccer falls in the state semifinals

Published 10:47 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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The Lafayette Christian boys soccer team came out on the wrong end of an eight-goal thriller against Shiloh Hills in the GAPPS state semifinals. The Cougars season ended in dramatic fashion, 5-3, on their home field. 

The game had everything, including a red card for the home team, that put a damper on the Cougars comeback bid in the second half. 

Lafayette Christian struck first in the game with less than a minute off the clock when Joshua Zapata put the ball in the back of the net. Eleven minutes later the game was tied with a sensational solo goal from a Shiloh Hills player. The Cougars went down by a goal in the 21st minute.

Lafayette Christian had a chance to level the match a couple minutes later with multiple shots cleared just off the line. It left the Cougars rattled and heads slumped even lower when the home team conceded a goal with under 90 seconds left to go in the first half to trail 3-1 heading into the break. 

Shiloh Hills extended its lead to 4-1 eight minutes into the second half and it looked as if the game was done and dusted, but the Cougars would not go quietly into the night. 

Zapata scored his second goal of the game with 17 minutes left in the game, but Shiloh Hills extended its lead back to three goals mere minutes later. 

Ephraim Snyder gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he scored with eight minutes left to go in the game. It looked like Snyder would get his second when he cannoned a shot from outside to the box that ricochet off the post and back into play. 

The Cougars end the season as one of top four teams in their classification.