Defensively, the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team played well enough Thursday that its coach highlighted the unit’s performance.
However, while its fortifications withstood most of the Shawnee Mission Northwest attacks, the Pioneers’ transition to offense did not go as smoothly.
With just one goal, a Thomas Guthrie second half strike — his third in as many games, Leavenworth ultimately lost 6-1 to its visitors.
“We seemed to control the game defensively at some points and we were able to withstand what was coming at us,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “Yet, there is only so much you can take and we started making little mistakes and that typically ends up hurting you most of the time.”
It took the Cougars 15 minutes to get its first goal and even longer for its second.
But eventually, the visitors wore down the Pioneers’ defense to build up the large lead.
Leavenworth, 0-11, will host Shawnee Mission West at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Explosive half elevates Lions
It was deja vu for the Lansing boys’ soccer team.
On Thursday, the Lions again dug itself an early hole by giving up an early goal for the second straight game.
Yet, like previously in the week, the team roared back to not only tally an equalizer, but capture a victory.
After allowing Basehor-Linwood to go ahead 1-0 seven minutes into its road contest, Lansing buried the next three goals to nail down a 3-1 victory.
“I wish I could bottle that up and sell it,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said of his team’s resiliency. “The guys have really done a great job of staying in the games after giving up early goals. I would like to see us in the second half put some more goals in, but if the price you pay is that you get a win instead of scoring... okay fine, I’ll give that up.”
Beginning the Lions’ comeback was Joe Henry, who headed in a Mason Ruff cross seven minutes after Basehor knotted the opening goal. Five minutes later, Ruff was pulled down on a breakaway and buried the proceeding penalty kick to give the Lions a 2-1 advantage.
That lead became 3-1 when Ruff found Jimmy Bormolini for a strike in the 26th minute and from there, the Lansing defense did the rest.
The Lions, 8-4-1, host Gardner-Edgerton Monday at 6 p.m.
Raiders hang with Maranatha in home defeat
Missing four players is never easy on a team, especially when three of those are key starters.
Page 2 of 2 - Yet, that was the challenge the Immaculata soccer team faced Thursday and it did so in valiant fashion according to its coach.
“These kids played with so much heart,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “Down four players, yet they came through and played as much as a team as they have all year. I’m very proud of them.”
The Raiders battled its visitors to a scoreless first half before Maranatha finally broke through with two goals early in the second. But that was it, and the 2-0 loss made for a proud Immaculata coach.
“We could’ve got smashed but we didn’t,” Mazeitis said. “We didn’t lay down.”
Imac, 3-7-1, will host Basehor at 4 p.m. Monday.
Spires beat in league opener
The University of Saint Mary men’s soccer team saw its two-game winning streak get snapped Wednesday with a 4-1 lost at Bethany.
Jake McCurry scored the Spires’ lone goal, the game’s final talley that came in the 65th minute. It was the teams’ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.
USM, 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the KCAC, will host Bethel Sunday at 3:30 p.m.