Thursday’s Boys Soccer: Beavers Ring in a Win Over Riptide
Who You Gonna Call?: Leo Lloyd Phones a Friend Following First of Two Goals
By Jordan Nailon
TENINO — As an exchange student from Liberia who is spending part of his year in the Stone City patrolling the pitch with the Beavers’ soccer team Leo Lloyd likely has plenty of people he’d like to call.
A seven hour time difference, not to mention the 6,850 miles as the crow flies, can make establishing a connection difficult. On Thursday though Leo Lloyd let his feet do his talking for him, and then dialed up some celebratory antics that delighted the home crowd.
Lloyd scored a pair of goals and helped set up a third as Tenino defeated South Bend/Raymond by a score of 3-1 in 1A Evergreen League boys soccer play.
Zack Russell actually scored first for the Beavers in the sixth minute when he rebounded a shot on goal from Lloyd and promptly deposited it in the upper righthand corner of the goal. That loneliest score held through the first half as the teams scrapped for field position and felt each other out for weaknesses.
Right out of the intermission though, Lloyd began ringing up goals in rapid fire succession. First, in the 49th minute, he slipped into the heart of the defense and sent a punishing kick into the chest of the goaltender that ricocheted so hard it struck the back of an unsuspecting defender and then rolled right into the net. Then, two minutes later Lloyd took a long lead pass from Paydon Henderson and double-deked the goaltender out of position before tapping the ball home into an empty net.
Following the first of those goals Lloyd got the home fans charged up by pulling off his shoe and holding it up to his ear like a telephone and then gabbing away to whoever was within earshot.
“It was a little tribute to Nicolas Lodeiro, from the Sounders. He does that where he pulls off the shoe and does the shoe phone thing,” said Tenino coach Kevin Schultz, who sounded most impressed with his player’s breakaway speed. “He definitely has a good first step and once he gets going people try to run side by side with him and it’s just not a good idea.”
For his part Lloyd admitted he decided to do the celebration in advance, so long as the situation was right.
“My inspiration for that celebration was just to put our fans in the game because we have lost several games and getting this one was so good that we needed to be in a mood to celebrate and still win,” explained Lloyd. “So that’s the reason why I took my shoe off because I’ve watched games online and sometimes the professional soccer players they do celebrations and it’s cool so it sounded good.”
Lloyd said his coach gave him a talking to afterward about the risk of getting penalized for such theatrical celebrations in prep sports.
“Coach Kevin said at the high school level sometimes they will give you a card or something like that and he told me I shouldn’t do that because this is high school soccer, not professional soccer,” Lloyd said.
With a big grin he pointed out that he was sneaky enough not to draw a foul for his antics so there was “no harm.” In any case, he said his roaming shoe-phone celebration was dedicated to his friends who couldn’t see him play.
“Taking off your shoe to do the phone call is just like calling people back home that have school. So that’s the reason I did that because a lot of people were not around to see the goal,” Lloyd said. “When I placed it to my ear I was like people who are not watching the game do not know how I just scored a goal so I said ‘Just get online and watch it.’”
The Riptide picked up their only goal of the game as time drew short during the final stoppage time when Jairo Jimenez skipped a shot between the mittens of Tenino’s goalkeeper and the bottom of the crossbar. The Beavers’ keeper, Devin Billings, finished the match with five saves.
The Riptide used a pair of goalkeepers who managed to stop four shots. Schultz said that his team’s speed and passing approach were instrumental to softening up their opponent’s defense.
“(Lloyd and Russell) definitely have good speed up top. Especially today (South Bend/Raymond) were playing a very flat back line and they were playing the offside trap and so we knew we could kind of take advantage of that,” explained Schultz. “But it also takes our midfielders delivering some good balls. I thought Chris (Ramez) and Paydon Henderson, who came off the bench for us, both did well by putting those through balls in and putting them into dangerous situations where the keeper has to decide if he’s going to come out or not and giving our forward a chance to come on and put the ball into the back of the net.”
Tenino (2-5-1, 2-4 league) will travel 116 miles on Tuesday in order to play Ilwaco, where phone service can be spotty.
Four Second Half Goals Propel United Past La Center
LA CENTER — United scored four goals in the second half, including a hat trick by Andreas Malunat, to earn a 5-0 win over La Center in a 1A Trico League boys soccer match here on Thursday.
The only goal of the first half was recorded in the 10th minute by Isaac Garibay for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
In the 44th minute, Malunat scored on a penalty kick. Gustavo Barragan scored on an assist by Edgar Barragan in the 46th minute. Malunat scored his second of the game on an assist by Gustavo Barragan in the 58th minute and Malunat completed the hat trick in the 80th minute with an assist by Jonothan Cisneros.
“It was a tale of two halves. The first half was slow and the speed of play was slow,” United coach Horst Malunat said. “Second half, the guys moved the ball well and had four goals and could have had more. We’ve got to play better the whole game.”
Alan Contreras made 10 saves in the clean sheet.
“Alan played really well in goal and got a shutout. They’re a team we’ve always battled with,” Malunat said. “Overall, the whole team played so much better in the second half. He came up with some big saves to keep a clean sheet.”
United (6-0-4, 6-0) travels to Stevenson on Tuesday for a league game.