When a team has a player ejected 20 minutes into a match, conventional wisdom calls for a more tentative game plan.
However, the Lansing boys’ soccer team did the exact opposite and the strategy paid off.
“With the team we were playing against, we knew that we couldn’t just sit back, that we had to keep playing offense to keep this game in motion,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said. “If we had a chance, we were going to go for the score and we kept hustling and created opportunities for ourselves.”
The aggressive approach paid major dividends when the Lions blossomed a 2-1 halftime advantage into a 6-2 victory Friday night over Louisburg.
“Great start for the year,” Lions forward Jimmy Bormolini said. “It was a good win for us. We have strong, senior forwards and with Mason (Ruff) in the middle, it provides a lot of experience.”
Twenty minutes into the contest, Lansing was down a man after a Lion was ejected for disrupting a breakaway from behind. The subtraction didn’t discourage the home team though, who were able to pick up goals from Bormolini and Ruff before the half for a 2-1 lead.
After the break, a refocused attack by the Lions gave way to four more scores — two from Bormolini, one from Ruff and another from Joe Henry. Louisburg added a late strike, but the deficit was far too great to mount a comeback.
Lansing, 1-0-0, will travel to Blue Valley Southwest on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. match.
“I think our effort was outstanding for a first game,” Brown said. “We were still trying to work together as a team, even with it being just 10 guys, and they played well. For our first game, this is an excellent result.”