Lyndon slips past Johnson

Lyndon slips past Johnson

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Lyndon scored two second-half goals to rally past Johnson State by a score of 2-1.

Josh Manchester gave the Badgers a quick 1-0 lead at the 10:23 mark when he took a pass from Ryan Demars and deposited it into the left rear corner of the net behind Hornets' goalie Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.). Johnson managed to maintain its slim lead into intermission despite being outshot 10-3 in the opening 45 minutes of play.

Lyndon knotted the score at 1-1 early in the second half when the rebound of a Kyle Mecham (Wilbraham, Mass.) shot found its way to Ben Taylor (Barre, Vt.), who was wide open to the left of the Johnson goal. Taylor ran onto the loose ball and drilled as shot into the far side of the net before Badgers' goalkeeper Ryan Belen could react.

Lyndon took the lead for 15 minutes later as Patrice Lumumba (Burlington, Vt.) took a clearing pass just over the midfield stripe and raced down the left side of the field. After eluding a Johnson defender, Lumumba got off a quick shot from about 20 meters out that found its way into the lower left corner of the net for the game-winner.

Gray made three saves for Lyndon to get the win and Belen turned aside a total of eight shots in the contest. The Hornets outshot the Badgers 22-11 in the game and held a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks.