Out of Jake Lyon’s 46 goals this season, none standout more than the one the senior put away in last week’s district semifinal win over Laingsburg.
With his team up 2-0, the Lansing Christian midfielder, whose back was to the opposing goal, received a pass near the top of the 18-yard box, launched his legs toward the airborne ball and let loose a bicycle kick. The shot dropped in the back of the net, beating the outstretched arm of the Wolfpack keeper by mere inches, and gave the Pilgrims a 3-0 lead.
The goal was voted the LSJ prep video of the week.
“That was my first (goal) from a bicycle kick,” said Lyon, whose team went on to win the game 7-0. “The ball was coming toward me and I just thought I’d try it.
“As I was falling on the ground, I looked over my shoulder and saw it go in. My teammates were running at me. It was cool.”
Division 4 No. 1-ranked Lansing Christian has dominated thus far in the postseason. The Pilgrims have scored 27 times in their first four playoff games and have yet to be scored on. They defeated No. 4-ranked Royal Oak Shrine Catholic, 3-0, in the regional semifinals earlier this week and will face No. 15-ranked Plymouth Christian at 7 p.m. today.
Lyon was a part of the Lansing Christian team that captured the state championship in 2013. And after losing in the district final last season, the senior says his team has been on a quest to make up for last year’s disappointing season.
“We’ve been coming out with a lot of energy this postseason,” Lyon said. “We’re really motivated to get back to the state finals.”
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