LAGRANGE — Elyria boys soccer coach Brett Heighberger and junior midfielder Joshua Lewis think alike.
If three goals is a “hat trick,” what do you call it when one player scores four goals in a game?
“A hat trick plus one,” both answered Thursday after Lewis poured in four goals in the Pioneers’ 6-4 non-conference victory over Keystone.
“That was the most goals I’ve scored in a game in high school,” Lewis said.
Lewis’ big day led Elyria to its first win of the season following two losses.
The term hat trick originated in the early days of professional ice hockey when a hat store awarded a new hat to any player who scored three goals in a row in one game. The term evolved to mean three goals scored by one player at any point in the same game in hockey, soccer and other sports.
Lewis took it to the next level as the Pioneers dropped the Wildcats to 1-1 on the season.
While soccer is known for its low-scoring ways, neither team felt the need to follow that tradition Thursday. Not only were 10 goals scored, but Elyria had a whopping 25 shots on goal and Keystone 21.
Elyria jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, started by two breakaway goals from senior Tyler Cake in the first three minutes. Lewis got his first goal on a free kick from 9 yards out 11 minutes into the match to make it 3-0.
Lewis then made it 4-0 with 27:24 elapsed on a short unassisted shot.
But Keystone was not ready to throw in the towel.
Turner Giesel got the Wildcats on the board – figuratively since the field scoreboard wasn’t working — with a breakaway goal with 32 minutes gone in the first half. Evan Valentik provided the assist.
Seven minutes later, Valentik scored off a Giesel assist to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Keystone cut it to 4-3 early in the second half on a short shot by Steven Speck after a physical scramble by several players in front of the net.
But that was the end of Keystone’s comeback.
Lewis got his hat trick on a shot from the side off an assist from Cake when Keystone goalkeeper Brandon Moffat came out of the goal on a previous shot. That made it 5-3 seven minutes into the second half.
With 22 minutes gone, Lewis got his fourth goal on a shot from 10 yards out to make it 6-3. Giesel cut it to 6-4 with 10 minutes remaining when he rebounded a missed free kick from 12 yards out.
“We got a little lazy,” Cake said of Keystone’s comeback. “Early on when I got the two quick goals I was feeling pretty confident we were headed for an easy win.”
Keystone coach Kevin Graham took some positives away from the loss.
“They (Elyria) had a lot of speed and hit us hard and fast,” he said. “And we weren’t good at closing the gaps. We also had a lot of shots but couldn’t finish. But I was proud of the way we came back. It was pride that made that comeback, plus our players followed the leadership of the seniors.”
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOALS: ( E) Joshua Lewis 4, Tyler Cake 2; (K) Turner Giesel 2, Steven Speck, Evan Valentik
ASSISTS: (E) Cake; (K) Evan Valentik, Turner Giesel
SHOTS ON GOAL: Elyria 25, Keystone 21
SAVES: (E) Carlos Lopez 8; (K) Brandon Moffat 9
CORNER KICKS: Elyria 2, Keystone 2
HALFtime score: Elyria, 4-2