The drought continues for the Belleville East Lancers.
Edwardsville senior Max Kiefer scored off a rebound with just over five minutes gone in the first half and the Tigers defense kept a lifeless Belleville East offense off the scoreboard for the third straight game in a 3-0 win on Tuesday at Belleville East High School.
Mohammad Hamad added a goal late in the first half and senior Skylar Bone added an insurance tally with just over 35 minutes remaining in the game for Edwardsville (3-0-2), which dominated from the outset as Belleville East (0-3) remained scoreless for the season.
Belleville East has now been outscored 9-0 in its three games this season.
While Kiefer’s goal proved to be the only goal that Edwardsville would need against a struggling Lancers offense, it was Hamad’s goal that proved to be the back breaker. Kept in the game by the acrobatic play by senior goalie Jakob Kerkemeyer, East seemed to be gaining momentum late in the first half until Hamad scored off a throw in with just over eight minutes left in the opening half.
Showing determination, Kiefer’s goal came off a rebound when Kerkemeyer made the save from point blank range on the initial shot. The Tigers standout then calmly beat the Lancers goalie with a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net. Hamad and Bone helped put the Lancers away with their goals. For Belleville East, the player of the game was Kerkemeyer who stopped at least four other Tigers shots which appeared headed for the back of the net.
Edwardsville coach Mark Heiderschieid
“I thought we did a good job of limiting their scoring opportunities. Offensively, their (East) goalie made a good stop on the first shot but had the misfortune of having the ball role a few feet away. (Max) Kiefer did a nice job of not giving up on the play and was right there to put the first goal in the back of the net.
Belleville East coach Mark Lasley
“It’s simple really. We can’t put four or five passes together. And when you can’t do that, you aren’t going to create any quality scoring chances.
Edwardsville: Max Kiefer, 5:21
Edwardsville: Mohammaad Hamad, 31:30
Edwardsville: Skylar Bone, 45:30
Edwardsville hosts O’Fallon on Thursday; Belleville East plays at Alton on Sept. 8.
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