Lake City boys soccer coach Chad Beadell said he didn’t sleep well Monday night.
The Timberwolves obviously didn’t pick up on their coach’s nervousness as Lake City scored early and often to put away the Post Falls Trojans 8-0 in the 5A Region I championship game Tuesday at LC.
LC (15-0) advances to state, Oct. 23-25 at Idaho Falls.
Post Falls (8-7-1) can still earn a berth. The Trojans take on the District III fifth-place team in a play-in match Saturday at Lewiston.
“I was nervous as can be,” Beadell said. “I barely slept last night. I ran every scenario in my head to make sure I give these guys the best opportunity to win.”
Five different LC players scored goals. Jack Barrett led with two goals and an assist and Shay Hannigan-Luther matched his teammate.
Even goalie Jared Stone was credited with an assist when Alec Maldanado took a long pass over the top and directed it into the right corner from 5 yards out.
Before 19 minutes had elapsed LC led 4-0. That score stood at intermission.
The T-Wolves got things started quickly in the second half, too, when Hannigan-Luther scored off an assist from Maldanado in the opening minute.
Hannigan-Luther also scored the first goal at the 7-minute mark. A minute later, Jack Barrett, off an assist from Hannigan-Luther, scored.
It was redemption for the T-Wolves, who fell to Post Falls 3-2 in overtime on their home pitch in the regional final a year ago.
Beadell’s pre-match speech, which Barrett said was short but inspiring, was a reminder of what had happened to them last year.
“Nothing needs to be said except they (the Trojans) won last year,” Beadell said. “The guys were focused. Unbelievable today. It’s almost a football score.”
Barrett praised Beadell for his motivation.
“Chad got us going and got us pumped up,” Barrett said. “It was a very good pregame (talk). He said everything was on us. The team came out and did great.”
LC was efficient offensively, putting away eight of its 16 shots.
Beadell had a short chat with his team at halftime.
“I didn’t have much to say,” he said. “Everything we had worked on, trained on, they were carrying out to a T.”
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