Saint Mary men create first winning streak of 2012 while USM women and Lansing record draws

It was another rough night for the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team.
While the team played well for several stretches  according to LV coach Ken Lott, by night’s end, visiting Shawnee Mission East defeated Leavenworth 10-0.
“We played better collectively and we had a bunch of people come off the bench and compete,” Lott said, “but we still lack a connection from defense to offense. That will come over time and development, but it’s just a slow process.”
The match’s opening 10 minutes saw the teams test each other until the 15th minute mark, where the Lancers put in its first goal. Over the next five minutes East added two more. The Pioneers then stabilized following the trio of scores, but allowed two more goals right before half to face a 5-0 deficit.
The second period was similar as the Pioneers had several positive series of play Lott said, but the East scoring machine could not be stopped.
Leavenworth, 0-8, will be at Lawrence Free State Thursday for a 6 p.m. match.

USM earns back-to-back wins
Three days ago, the University of Saint Mary men’s soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak. On Tuesday, they started a different trend.
Thanks to a goal from Jake McCurry in the 12th minute of overtime, the Spires defeated York College 3-2 for its second straight victory. USM, 3-6, will next play at Bethany at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“It was exciting,” Saint Mary coach Derek Mazeitis said. “We are figuring out ways to score. We still have some work defensively but we are producing goals and that’s important.”
The Spires’ opening goal came from Patrick Rutherford in the 12th minute of the game while McCurry poked in his first score three minutes after halftime. Nathan Eudaly assisted on that strike. USM keeper Jeremy Herrman finished the match with nine saves.
“The last several outings we have got better and the results are showing that improvement,” Mazeitis said. “The guys are getting confidence and it’s leading to better play.”

Lady Spires draw with York College
Defensively, the University of Saint Mary women’s soccer team was on point Tuesday.
Behind 10 saves from keeper Lindsay Davis, the Lady Spires earned a 0-0 draw with visiting York College.
“We have played over 300 minutes of soccer this week and so with the level of fatigue, I was very happy with our defense,” USM coach Justin Seever said. “Lindsay Davis probably played her best game of the season.”
USM, 4-3-2, will play at Bethany at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Lansing also ties
On Monday, the Lansing boys’ soccer team battled late into the night to finish with a 1-1 draw against Topeka.
After the home team struck first in the opening half, Jimmy Bormolini booted in the equalizer during the second half off an assist from Joe Henry. Each team then threatened in both overtime sessions, but neither could capitalize.
Lansing, 5-3-1, hosts Mill Valley at 6 p.m. Thursday.