Platteville-Lancaster’s offense paved the way to victory on opening night for the boys soccer team. The Hillmen traveled to Wisconsin Heights High School to face the Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld Vanguards and wasted no time in opening the scoring. After a strong team passing move building from the back of the field, Kengkue Xiong slotted a through ball into Kaydan Addie’s feet at the left side of the box. Addie slotted home to put the Hillmen up after just 3 minutes of play. The Hillmen continued to roll in the first half, with Nick Kroll notching two goals – including a wonderful half volley from twenty yards – and Xiong putting up two more assists.
The host Vanguards came out with a renewed intensity in the second half, and their pressure created an accidental handball in the Hillmen box, giving them a penalty kick and their first real opportunity of the night. Gavin Childs slotted home the spot kick. The Hillmen wasted no time responding, with Nick Kroll scoring with a header from a free kick just two minutes later. The second half saw the two teams continue to battle for control of the midfield. In the 66th minute a cross from Vanguard midfielder Michael Johnson found forward Sam King in space on the left flank, and King powered his shot past Hillmen keeper Michael Fields. A formation change from the Hillmen allowed them more control of the midfield, and they were able to keep the hosts under pressure for the remainder of the game. Kaydan Addie finished the scoring with a header from a free kick in the 85th minute.
The Hillmen midfield and forward line were stand out performers on the night, creating and impressive 18 shots. The defense limited the hosts to only three shots on goal and did a nice job helping the midfielders move the ball through a determined Vanguards press. The Hillmen were also able to show off depth with 18 different players playing and 8 different players getting their varsity debuts.