The Crusaders turned on the style on Monday afternoon, dispatching conference rival Kuyper College by the overwhelming margin of 6-0.
The team started the game with a strong attacking presence and opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Brandon Coleman went far post with a through ball from Izzy Sesay to give his team the 1-0 lead. The rest of the half was absolutely dominated by the Lakes, they dazzled with impressive pieces of technical skill, weaving through defenders on the dribble and with brilliant one-touch play. This pressure broke the game open further in stoppage time, as Nathan Boyd-Cleaver’s cross was met by an impressive diving header from Coleman which found its way in to make it 2-0. The Crusaders still weren’t done, however, scoring another stoppage time goal as Danny Buegar finished a ball from Jeremy Klepal to give Great Lakes a 3-0 lead at the break.
Nine minutes into the second half, the Crusaders picked up right where they left off, as Peter Stebbins coolly finished off of a ball from Buegar. A minute later, it was Stebbins again etching his name on the score sheet, this time from a Klepal assist.
The rout continued in the 72nd, as Coleman scored his hat-trick on a brilliant top-corner finish, as Klepal racked up a hat-trick of his own in assists. Finally, for the overmatched Kuyper side at least, the whistle blew to end the match, with Great Lakes winning 6-0.
“I’m very pleased,” said head coach Justin Braman after the game, “we had a great weekend, two wins on the road. I challenged the guys to bring that energy into our home game this weekend and in these regional games that we’re going into.”
“I feel like we finally get it,” added Buegar, “I couldn’t ask for more from this team, we still have a little tweaking to do here and there, but we are on the right path.”
Game Notes: Jeremy Klepal picked up a yellow card, his third of the season. St. Luc Picard was sidelined for this game with a leg injury, and his status for the Grace game on Wednesday is currently day-to-day.
Up Next: Great Lakes will challenge rival Grace Bible College at 4:00 on Wednesday at Henderson Field. The game will be a “pink-out” to support women’s health month.