Shorthanded Raiders hang tough in loss
Before you knew it Thursday, the Lansing boys’ soccer team was down a goal.
Kansas City Christian struck early in the game’s first half and though the Lions regrouped thereafter, enough damage had been done. Lansing never could solve the Panthers’ defense and lost 1-0.
“We played well in the second half with much more intensity and fire than the first,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said. “We had more opportunities but couldn’t capitalize. We played well, but the early goal got us.”
After allowing the KCC score, which came within the match’s opening 10 minutes, the Lions put together some solid scoring opportunities in the first half. Those increased in the second half, as did the game’s physicality, which was high all night.
“We responded well to the physical part and I think we can do that, but the main thing is making sure you do it under control,” Brown said. “We just couldn’t finish tonight.”
Lansing, 4-3, plays Monday at Topeka.
Raiders battle tough in loss
Still dealing with a rash of injuries, the Immaculata soccer team displayed its greatest quality Thursday night.
“I can’t say enough about them and their heart,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “I have an unbelievable group of kids who never give up.”
The shorthanded Raiders traveled to Heritage Christ where the squad lost 3-0. However, considering the four starters that didn’t play and the youth that took their spots, Thursday could have been worse.
In the end, Imac did everything it could to compete against it hosts and that it did, thanks in large part to efforts of keeper Phillip Hernandez. The junior tallied 32 saves on 35 Heritage shots.
“He was absolutely phenomenal,” Mazeitis said. “Every game he keeps us in it.”
Imac, 2-3-1, will host Christ Prep at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.