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BOYS SOCCER: Ontario McDonald hat trick lifts Lutheran Northwest over Oakland Christian 3-1
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest’s Ontario McDonald (9) controls the ball in front of Auburn Hills Oakland Christian’s Will Krieg (10) during the first half of the match played on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 at Lutheran High School Northwest. McDonald scored three goals within 1:41 to lead LHNW to a 3-1 win over Oakland Christian. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Nick Gruenwald (6) of Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest battles for the ball with Logan Johns (27) of Auburn Hills Oakland Christian during the first half of the match played on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 at Lutheran High School Northwest. The Crusaders defeated the Lancers 3-1.
Nic Lashar (Middle) of Auburn Hills Oakland Christian tries to fight his way through Kahner James (L) and Tory Chila (R) of Rochester Hills Lutheran High School Northwest’ during the first half of the match played on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 at Lutheran High School Northwest. LHNW defeated Oakland Christian 3-1. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Rochester Hills Lutheran High School Northwest’s Ontario McDonald (9) shoots and scores the first of his three goals as Auburn Hills Oakland Christian’s Zach Bouren (17), Will Krieg (10), and goal keeper Stuart Sutherland can’t stop him during the second half of the match played on Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 at Lutheran High School Northwest. McDonald scored three goals within 1:41 to lead LHNW to a 3-1 win over Oakland Christian. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)
Lutheran Northwest celebrated senior night, saying farewell to seven seniors’ soccer players on their home field finale.
The first half was all Lutheran Northwest as they maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the first half. Northwest lead in the shots on goal category 14-9, but that didn’t translate into a halftime lead as they were down 1-0.
Stuart Sutherland played an incredible half in net for the Lancers as he tallied 14 saves.
A crucial error in the first half came with 7:14 left in the first half. As the Lancers were deep in Crusaders territory a tripping penalty was called.
The penalty forced a penalty kick as Oakland Christian’s Daniel Smith scored in the corner of the net to give the Lancers the lead at 1-0.
The Lancers would take that lead into halftime.
The lead would not be held for long, as Ontario McDonald would take over the second half with three goals in less than two minutes. McDonald scored at the 29:04, 28:14 and 27:23 marks to put the game away for the Crusaders.
The defense carried Northwest to the finish line by only allowing one shot on net in the second half.
“I told my defense to keep them out of our side of the field in the second half,” said Lutheran Northwest head coach Mike Miller. "Chris Phillips is a senior and he is our stopper and he is having a tremendous year."
“You will not see it on the stat sheet, but the only goal of the game came on a penalty kick which is like having a shutout as a defense,” Miller continued.
The hat trick by McDonald tonight gives him 25 on the year.
“He’s (McDonald) got tremendous speed, he’s developed some really good moves with the ball going down the field,” said Miller.
The Crusaders will take this win and use it as momentum to carry them into the playoffs.
“We have been playing really well, we are hitting a lot of our goals which is good for us,” said Miller.
“I tell them if we play like we did tonight we are a good team and we can beat and compete with every team we come up against,” said Miller.
Lutheran Northwest will have one final game against Birmingham Roeper High school before the tournament.
Last Updated: 10/8/2013 9:06:32 PM EST