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Three first half goals from Hoornstra leads Lumen Christi past Country Day, into regional final

Soccer   | Jeff Dullack

Three first half goals from Hoornstra leads Lumen Christi past Country Day, into regional final

Beverly Hills – In August, Jackson Lumen Christi came away with a narrow win over Detroit Country Day in one of the few games of the season that one of the state’s leading goal scorers, Bryce Hoornstra, did not find the back of the net.

But when the two team met in the regional semifinal on Tuesday, Hoornstra had plenty more success.

The Lumen Christi senior scored three first half goals to lead the Titans to a convincing 4-0 win over Country Day to advance to the regional final.

Lumen Christi (17-3-1) head coach Damon Havlicek said that all three of Hoornstra’s first half goals were all similar in one way or another, but said Hoornstra was able to take advantage of critical mistakes by Country Day on two of his goals and the senior made the most of his opportunity on a third goal.

“They got flat and we got lucky and we’ll take it,” he said. “It was really that simple, there was no magic formula to what we did to break them down. On two of them, I felt they made a bad gaffe and on the third one, Bryce did it all on his own.”

All three of Hoornstra’s goals came within the first 20 minutes of the match, pushing the senior’s goal total to 31 on the season.

“It sets the tone for the rest of the game,” Hoornstra said of getting on the board early. “It shows how the rest of the game is going to look like. It’s huge.”

On his third goal, Hoornstra took advantage as the Country Day keeper couldn’t fully control the ball sent on net, allowing the Lumen Christi senior to complete the hat trick.

Hoornstra said that with as many factors as there may be, he simply keeps crashing the net, following up shots in case the opportunity comes to take advantage of a mistake.

“You can’t give up,” he said. “With the bad ground, turf, it just depends. You have to keep going, follow up shots and you get lucky sometimes.”

Entering the second half with a 3-0 lead, the Titans didn’t waste any time padding their lead as they pushed the advantage to four goals when Lucas Foust found the back of the net on a corner kick on a header less than five minutes into the second half.

Havlicek said that he felt the fourth goal was a crucial one for his team, but added that Country Day was still able to generate a few chances, but his goal keeper, Max Snyder, came up with a couple of stops to turn Country Day away for his ninth straight shutout.

“It was huge, but I don’t know if it put it away,” he said. “I thought they still had a lot of chances, their long throw is really dangerous. Right after that happened, they came out and packed our goalkeeper and he came out and punched something down and we ended up with a goal kick, but I’m not sure what happened, because there were so many bodies standing there at that point.”