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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Girls soccer roundup: Pioneers out-manned in second half

  • Leavenworth's injuries catch up to them; Lansing loses first to Lawrence Free State
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  • The Pioneers couldn't hold back the Topeka Trojans any longer. They had played them to a scoreless tie at halftime, but Leavenworth's injuries were about to catch up to them.
    With several starters on the bench injured, the proverbial floodgates opened as Leavenworth allowed three goals within the first fifteen minutes of the half and went on to lose 3-0.
    "We tried some people in some different spots because we have five or six girls that are hurt," Leavenworth coach Ken Lott said. "The second half we were doing alright, but we just made some metal errors."
    One Pioneer who stood out was goal keeper Kady Swanson, who filled in at goalkeeper for the injured starter and had countless saves to keep the Pioneers close early. Swanson usually plays forward.
    Leavenworth, 0-3, will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Olathe North.
    Lansing sustains first loss of the year
    Facing stiff 6A competition, the Lady Lions soccer team fell 4-0 to Lawrence Free State Friday.
    The Firebirds scored fifteen minutes into the opening half, and again fifteen minutes later to take a 2-0 halftime lead. They added two more in the second half to shut out Lansing.
    The Lions came in undefeated at 3-0.
    "They're one of the bigger and better schools we'll face this year," ladies soccer coach Billy Dillon said. "We usually play the upper competition fairly well. Every now and then we beat those schools."
    Free State came out and possessed the ball well against Lansing, who didn't get many scoring opportunities until the second half.
    Friday's result is marked improvement from last year, when the Lady Lions lost 10-0 to the Firebirds.
    Lansing has two home matches early next week against Kaw Valley opponents: Bishop Ward on Monday, and Bonner Springs on Tuesday. Both games start at 6 p.m.

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