A go-ahead goal by Thurston early in the second half is what the Roseburg boys lacrosse team needed to get its offense going Friday night.
The Indians responded quickly, taking the lead for good in a 10-5 Midwestern League win over the Colts at Finlay Field.
“We needed that goal; I think that was a wake-up call for them,” Roseburg coach Dave Heverly said. “It was a good game. They are a good team.”
Zach Aalberg and Dominic Bello scored three goals apiece for Roseburg (3-1, 2-0 Midwestern).
“Zach (Aalberg) played awesome, and he picked up some really big groundballs for us,” Heverly said.
Goalie Jake Zielinski had 17 saves for the Indians against the high-scoring Colts, who were averaging 10 goals a game entering the game.
“(Jake) Zielinski made some pretty incredible saves in the goal tonight,” Heverly said.
Zielinski added, “The coaches did a good job warming me up today and the rest of the ream just made it easy for me. It was a good all-around performace as a unit tonight.”
It looked as if Roseburg was going to run away with the game early as it jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after Aalberg scored quickly on two possessions, and Bello followed with his first goal of the game.
Thurston (4-2, 0-1) battled back, though, and tied the score up before halftime with three goals.
“I think my guys thought it was going to be easy, and it didn’t turn out that way,” Heverly said. “They played some good defense on us in the second quarter and played well.”
Just two possessions into the second half, the Colts jumped ahead of the Tribe, completing a 4-0 run.
On the following two possessions, Roseburg received goals from Logan O’Hara and Bello to take a 5-4 advantage.
“We all just got inspired and went on a run,” Aalberg said. “When we play together, I think we can beat anyone.”
The Indians’ offense didn’t stop there as Jake Heverly scored two goals and both Bello and O’Hara scored goals. O’Hara, a student at Oakland, also finished with six assists. Jacob Felton had three goals for the Colts.
Roseburg did not commit any penalties or have any turnovers in the second half.
Indians travel to North Eugene Tuesday.
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