Pioneers up early, lose late; Immaculata dropped 5-0
It took less than nine minutes Thursday for Lansing euphoria to turn into desperation.
Trailing 1-0 to Mill Valley after a first half goal, the Lions finally broke through its visitor’s fortifications with all but 10 minutes left in regulation.
That is when Cole Hoing delivered the Lansing equalizer, sending a somewhat frustrated home team into renewed excitement. However, nine minutes later and with just 23 seconds left in the game, Mill Valley recaptured the lead by poking in a rebound following back-to-back blocked shots.
The tally deflated the Lions and made for a 2-1 Jaguar victory.
“I think we have to maintain our composure better,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said of the contest. “There were good things that we did, but we need to focus on making ourselves better and not taking ourselves out of the game mentally.”
Lansing, 5-4-1, will play at Tonganoxie Monday at 6 p.m.
Pioneers up early, lose late
Forty minutes is all that stood in front of the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team and its first win of the season Thursday.
Thanks to strikes from Thomas Guthrie and Wesley Barbee, the Pioneers held a 2-0 advantage at halftime over host Lawrence Free State.
But, coming out of the break the Firebirds were — well, they caught fire.
Two straight goals in the opening 10 minutes made it even-steven and then two more in the game’s final 15 minutes of play led to a 4-2 Leavenworth loss.
“Both teams played real well,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “We probably played the best game we’ve played all year. I’m really proud of my boys for sticking it out and playing the whole game.”
The Pioneers, 0-9, travel to Lawrence High Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.
Raiders beat 5-0 by Patriots
Though the end result showed 5-0, it could have been much worse for Immaculata Thursday.
Visiting Christ Prep outshot Imac 40-1, but due to the consistent play of the Raiders’ defense, Immaculata stayed competitive throughout.
“We tried a modified 4-5 flat back defense, which worked well earlier this year, but it wasn’t as sharp today,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “Still, we did better in the second half and never quit.”
The Patriots put in three goals in the first, two in the second. Imac keeper Phillip Hernandez recorded 35 saves on the day and Mazeitis credited his defensive unit for an outstanding effort.
“Bryce Helm, Jaxon (Qualley), Nathan (Reardon) and Isaac (O’Neil) all played great back there,” the coach said. “Don’t forget Beth (Doty) either.”
Imac, 2-4-1, will play at Washington 10 a.m. Saturday.