Four passes, one shot and 13 seconds.
That’s how long it took the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team to score against rival Lansing on Thursday.
However, over the next 79 minutes, the host Lions resurrected its defense to shut down and shut out the Pioneer offense. That development set the stage for the Lansing attack, which did just enough to earn the victory.
Thanks to the boots of Chase Hoffman and Jimmy Bormolini, the Lions defeated Leavenworth 2-1.
“Last year they scored in the first 10 seconds and so it was like deja vu,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said. “We had to play a full 80 minutes though and I think we did that well.
“They capitalized nicely on that first goal, but then we played much better after that. We passed well, kept possession well and kept the ball on their side of the field a lot so we just kept pecking away and it worked out.”
The unexpected start greeted both teams by surprise. A series of passes put the ball at the feet of Leavenworth’s Cameron Hayes, who slid it into the Lansing net.
“Cameron Hayes has scored a goal in every game this season,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “We gave him the start tonight and he did it again. He isn’t always a starter, but he gives us quality minutes and makes an impact when he’s in.”
From there, the home team took control of the game. It pelted Leavenworth’s back line, which proved worthy of every challenge — until the 27th minute. With just over 13 minutes remaining in the half, Hoffman lofted a shot from the left side of the box that went over the keeper’s head, kissed the far post and nestled into the goal.
The rivals played even from there until the break. Coming out of half, Lansing wasted little time. After a poor Leavenworth clearance, AJ Martinez snatched a loose ball from a mass of bodies and pushed it to Bormolini, who buried it into the goal.
“I just saw an opportunity to pull it through and I’m glad I have the teammates to help me out,” Martinez said. “We definitely brought it tonight. I think earlier in the week we were sluggish, but tonight I think we put our minds into it and pulled through.”
Up 2-1, the Pioneers had several attempts at an equalizer over the last 35 minutes, but too much of the half was played at midfield or within Lansing possession.
“We just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, but I thought we played great for long stretches,” Lott said. “Lansing is always a good, competitive game and we stayed in it more this year than last, so I was pretty happy with our overall effort.”
Leavenworth, 0-3, will play at Shawnee Mission North Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. while Lansing, 2-2, hosts Turner Thursday at 6 p.m.
“We have been trying to pass the ball more and get guys into space,” Brown said. “The guys were moving, we were making good passes and getting into space so it was good to see that happen. All-in-all, it worked out well.”
Maranatha edges out Imac
In a back-and-forth affair, the Immaculata soccer team lost a heartbreaker Thursday.
Traveling to Maranatha, the Raiders held a 4-3 lead late in the match only to see one of its best defenders get hurt and then its hosts score the equalizer. Twenty minutes later, Maranatha added another tally in overtime to take a 5-4 win.
“Up 4-3 with eight minutes left, Beth (Doty) got hurt on a 50/50 ball,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “Not too much later than that they scored. With her out, we just couldn’t make up for it.”
Before the injury, the game already had taken physical and wild turns. Immaculata scored first, a shot from Nick Reckers, but then trailed shortly thereafter. However, Mark Hernandez tallied the next two goals to give the Raiders a 3-2 edge.
Back came the hosts and with the game knotted at 3-3, Hernandez nailed in his third strike with merely nine minutes left in regulation.
“Nick and Mark are just eating up defenses,” Mazeitis said. “They feed off each other.”
Despite the late advantage, things unraveled quickly for Imac and just over 30 minutes later, the team suffered its second loss of the season. The Raiders, 1-2, will travel to Basehor-Linwood Monday for a 6 p.m. match.
“Their first two goals were just defensive letdowns by us, but besides that I can’t say enough about the defenders’ effort tonight,” the Imac coach said. “And if there is better goalkeeper than Phillip around, I would like to see that. Everyone just gave a great effort.”