Poor finishing ruined the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team’s hopes for victory Tuesday.
Playing against Shawnee Mission North, the Pioneers allowed an early goal 15 minutes into the match. But after that, the team dominated play and had a plethora of opportunities to secure the equalizer.
Despite the multitude of chances, LV never could find the back of its host’s net and lost 1-0.
“We had a lot of opportunities and played a lot better,” Leavenworth coach Ken Lott said. “After that first goal, we tightened up and controlled midfield. We cut them down all game, but couldn’t finish our open chances and paid for it.”
The Pioneers, 0-4, will enjoy its home opener on Thursday against Olathe East at 7 p.m.
Basehor breaks down Immaculata
Though the final result read 9-0 in Basehor-Linwood’s favor on Monday, Immaculata head soccer coach Frank Mazeitis spoke more of the great pride he had for his team’s performance.
“It was one of the best games from our young team,” the Raiders coach said. “To play a team with that kind of talent with so much heart, it was really great to see. I’m proud of the way we played.”
The Bobcats popped in three goals in the first half and then six in the second to easily pick up the home victory.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Mazeitis said. “They shut down Mark (Hernandez) and Nick (Reckers) really well up top. Besides that though, our goalie was amazing. Phillip (Hernandez) had 31 legitimate saves. He was playing out of his mind.”
Immaculata, 1-2-1, will have a week to heal up, the team currently has four starters injured, before its next match on Tuesday against Cair-Paravel at 6 p.m.