It’s been a rough early season for the Chapel Field boys’ soccer team.
The Lions had been struggling to field a team. They recently lost their goalkeeper, and several players aren’t eligible to suit up yet.
They also struggled on the field Wednesday afternoon, as they suffered an 8-1 non-league loss to the S.S. Seward Spartans on their home field.
The Spartans scored just minutes into the game and added two more – one by Nick Perez and another by Jason Mitchell - with 27:19 to go in the first half to take an early 3-0 lead.
The Lions got on the scoreboard with 15:08 to go in the first half when Jonah McDuffie sent a high arcing shot toward the goal from the right. The shot landed just inside the right post, out of the reach of Spartans’ goalkeeper Corbett Schultz, to cut S.S. Seward’s lead to 3-1.
But that was all the offense the Lions could muster, and the Spartans continued to pile on.
Nate Panuska’s goal with 6:20 to go in the first half gave the Spartans a 4-1 lead and two quick goals by Mitchell gave them a 6-1 halftime lead. Mitchell added another with about 11 minutes to go in the game to give the Spartans a 7-1 lead.
They also tacked on a late goal to widen their lead by seven.