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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Soccer roundup: Last minute spoiler

  • Spires give up late score in loss while Lansing and Immaculata gain victories. Leavenworth beaten at home by Olathe North.
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  • They played with heart, passion and toughness.
    Yet, during a losing streak, nothing ever seems to go right. For the University of Saint Mary men's soccer team, that adage rang true on Tuesday.
    While holding the majority of possession and scoring chances in the second half, the Spires looked in control during its home contest versus William Penn. However, USM couldn't find its finishing touch and when its visitors hammered in a goal with two and a half minutes left in regulation, the hopes for victory quickly faded.
    Minutes later, the final whistle blew and the Spires dropped its third straight game by the 1-0 margin.
    "We sort of hit rock bottom earlier this week so to see us play better today was good," USM coach Derek Mazeitis said. "We showed up with a lot more heart and energy so those are positives."
    The loss brought Saint Mary's record to 1-5 on the season. The team will play at Briar cliff University on Saturday at 4 p.m.
    "We played better, but we still need to work on a lot of things to get back on track," Mazeitis said.
    Shorthanded Raiders get win
    Though the team is missing almost a third of its starting lineup due to injury, the Immaculata soccer team was able to pull out a victory Tuesday.
    Against Cair Paravel, Mark Hernandez provided three goals while his brother Phillip Hernandez recorded 21 saves to present Imac with a 4-1 victory.
    "I was very dubious because of our injuries and having to switch everyone around, but we tried some things, new people and though we had our mistakes, it worked out," Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. "The kids followed instructions and our game plan really well tonight."
    The hosts actually got the jump on Immaculata following an own goal in the game's seventh minute.
    Yet from there the Raiders ruled the score book as Mark Hernandez tallied the next three strikes — one in the first half and two early in the second.
    Robert Portice iced the match in the 76th minute with a goal.
    Immaculata, 2-2-1, will travel to Heritage Christ Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. match.
    Lions move to 3-0 in league
    The Lansing boys' soccer team became a perfect 3-for-3 in conference play Tuesday night.
    With outstanding defense and two goals from Jimmy Bormolini, the Lions earned a 3-0 home win over Bishop Ward. Lansing, 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Kaw Valley League, will host Kansas City Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday.
    "Our defense has already been reasonably strong, but we are now starting to get the midfield play and forward play working offensively together," Lions coach Randy Brown said. "We've been working on that hard and it's starting to pay off."
    Page 2 of 2 - Off an assist from Joe Henry, Bormolini tallied his first goal in the opening half to give Lansing an early advantage. Bormolini then tapped in his second following a Mason Ruff pass minutes into the second half. Ryan Dillon concluded the scoring with a free kick with 15 minutes left in regulation to seal the Lansing win.
    Late goals can't save Pioneers
    Though the Leavenworth boys' soccer team played well to start its home match versus Olathe North, a rough spell doomed the Pioneers.
    After almost 20 minutes of play, the Pioneers gave up the game's first goal midway through the half. Ten minutes later, the Eagles were up 3-0 and by half it was 5-0.
    By game's end, the score rested at 8-2 Olathe North.
    "We still have a lot of little things to work on, but I was proud of the guys for plugging away until the very end and getting those goals," LV coach Ken Lott said.
    Thomas Guthrie was the Leavenworth striker to record both goals, which came with 15 minutes left in the match. The Pioneers will play at Shawnee Mission South at 7 p.m. Thursday.
    "I think our kids are frustrated because they are working hard but aren't getting the results," Lott said. "Yet there is progress and we just have to develop a winning attitude to go with that."
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