What the Immaculata soccer team lacked Wednesday in its season opener, it discovered Thursday against Atchison.
Led by a five-goal performance from forward Nick Reckers, the Raiders found its scoring touch to earn its first win of 2012 — a 6-1 victory.
“I told them before the game that we needed to keep the shots low, that we couldn’t have a repeat of last game,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “Sure enough, that is what we did and we got six goals out of it.”
It was an onslaught start for Immaculata. The team in green scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes of play — the first coming from Mark Hernandez and the next two off the boot of Reckers. Each assisted the other, expect for the third strike, which was built off a booming kick from goalkeeper Phillip Hernandez.
After that, the game slowed a little and Atchison was able to chip in one of its own. Yet, the day belong to Imac and specifically Reckers, who knocked in the next three goals. The last was the best according to Mazeitis, as Reckers heel-kicked a loose ball past a sprawled out goalie.
“You have to give credit to the defense too,” the Raider coach said. “Isaac (O’Neil), Jaxon (Qualley), Beth (Doty) and Nathan (Reardon), who took over for Jacob (Chapman) due to injury, played great. Phillip is just doing fantastic and keeping us in these games.”
Immaculata finished the game with 18 shots on goal while Phillip Hernandez made 15 saves. The squad, 1-0-1, will have a full week to prepare for its next match — a 4:30 p.m. showdown at Maranatha Thursday.
LV can’t keep up with SM?South
Different day, same result.
After losing 4-1 in its opening contest of the Fat Cat Tournament on Tuesday, the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team was tripped up by the same score on Thursday — this time by Shawnee Mission South.
“Our guys just couldn’t really step up today,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “You can’t blame it all on them, but they just weren’t themselves. They just couldn’t find their touch.”
The Pioneers remained scoreless until the second half, where Cameron Hayes tallied his second goal of the season. The strike placed the deficit at 3-1, but that was all the Leavenworth offense could muster against the Raiders.
LV, 0-2, will play its final game of the Blue Valley West competition at 9 a.m. Saturday against an opponent yet to be determined.