The Lansing Everett boys soccer team played Jackson yesterday in the championship game of the CAAC silver cup game. The Vikings won the game 2-1 in an intense championship game. This is the first silver cup in Everett’s soccer program.
Dadiri Mussa scored early in the game when he made a run into the box and was delivered a ball by senior Chucho Garcia, Mussa calmly slipped it under the goalie to give Everett the lead.
“It’s an important step forward as a soccer program no other Everett team has won the silver cup before and we managed to do it,” said head coach Scott Wesley.
For the rest of the first half Everett dominated possession and played mostly in Jackson’s half but the Jackson team managed to creep up and almost get a goal to tie when a forward hit the post with 2 minutes left in the half.
As the second half begun Everett came hard at Jackson and created chance after chance but no one was able to convert any of those chances into goals. With 8 minutes left in the game Jackson showed some urgency and managed to score a goal to make it even and make Everett pay for all the chances they had missed.
The game was once again level and just when you thought that the game was going to go into overtime Mussa on an individual play beating every defender in his path slotted home the championship winner with three minutes left to play. Mussa is the top goal scorer in the area with 26 goals to his name.
“We struggled to finish them off right from the start, but Mussa pulled through for us at the right moment,” said Wesley.
What made the win even that much better was that when the two sides faced each other in the regular season Jackson came away with a 3-0 win.
“They got lucky the first time, we weren’t focused that game,” said senior Cameron Goedert “This time we were focused and we came away with the silver cup championship which is what matters the most.”