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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Soccer roundup: Soaked — then sunk

  • Saint Mary, Leavenworth squads struggle to find goals in wet conditions while Lansing thrives.
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  • To the say least, Thursday's weather conditions were not ideal for soccer.
    Yet, the matches went on as scheduled at the University of Saint Mary and atop a muddled surface, the Spires hosted Oklahoma Wesleyan.
    Unfortunately for the home teams, its visitors reacted much better to the poor weather conditions.
    In the first contest, the Saint Mary women played in a highly-competitive match with Wesleyan that saw the Lady Eagles win 2-0. The visitors struck first and though USM had several scoring chances in the second half, the equalizer remained elusive.
    With 13 minutes to go, OW added its second goal to close out the win.
    The Saint Mary men had even less success against the rain and its opponent. Oklahoma Wesleyan found scores early and often and cruised to an 8-0 victory over USM.
    With the defeat, the Spires are 1-3 on the year, but will try to bounce back on Tuesday when it hosts William Penn at 4 p.m.
    The Saint Mary women are now 3-2 for 2012 and will travel to Briar Cliff for a 2 p.m. match on Sept. 22.
    Lansing trips up Turner at home
    Three second half goals gave the Lansing boys' soccer team its first league win of the season Thursday.
    Hosting Turner in the its Kaw Valley League opener, the Lions shook off a sluggish start to capture a 3-0 result.
    "Just a great game," Lansing coach Randy Brown said. "A little slow start, but I think we were dominating. With the wet conditions, we kept kicking the ball over the goal but we settled down in the second half. "We passed better, moved the ball better and put ourselves in position to win."
    The first Lion strike came off a great combination of passes according to Brown. The series ended with Mason Ruff finding Joe Henry, who buried the ball in the back of the net.
    Five minutes later, roles reversed when Henry passed to Ruff, who then chipped it over an onrushing keeper for the 2-0 advantage.
    The cherry on top came with 10 minutes left in regulation thanks to a corner kick by Ryan Dillon.
    The inswinging boot found Jimmy Bormolini's head before the keeper's gloves, thus giving the match its final score.
    Lansing, 3-2 and 1-0 in conference action, will play at Bonner Springs Monday with the game starting at 6 p.m.
    Olathe East rolls over Leavenworth
    In what Leavenworth boys' soccer coach Ken Lott thought was its stiff competition to date, the Pioneers hosted power house Olathe East Thursday.
    It didn't take long for the visitors to exuded its dominance and by night's end, East won 11-1.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I know many coaches who think they are the best team in the state and they showed why tonight," Lott said. "We did score on them and though it was late in the game, that was the first goal they've given up all year so that was a positive."
    Leavenworth, 0-5, will host Olathe North at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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