The Pleasant Plains Cardinals already had three games under their belt when they took to their home field against Lincolnwood on Saturday, March 20. That coupled with the team’s general overall level of talent and it was a rough day for the visiting Lancers, who fell 6-0 to Plains in their season opener.
Lincolnwood is strong in numbers this year, with 29 players out for the squad. Most are from the host school and Nokomis, their original co-op partner, while two others are from Morrisonville. Pawnee, a fourth member of the co-op, did not send any players over this year.
The Lancers lost four players to graduation, including Evan Hopper, who was their top offensive threat in 2019 with 19 goals and ten assists. Lincolnwood also lost their goalkeeper from last year and have had limited practices due to weather and overlap with basketball, making Saturday’s opening game even tougher on Coach Joe Webb’s squad.
This week won’t be much easier for the orange and black either, as they have two big rivalry games on March 25 and March 26. On Thursday, the Lancers take on Hillsboro at Terry Todt Field in Raymond, followed by an MSM Conference tilt against Springfield Lutheran on Friday, March 26, in Springfield.
at Pleasant Plains
Pleasant Plains 6, Lincolnwood 0
Record: Lincolnwood (0-1).