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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Girls' soccer: Leavenworth finds hope in loss

  • Lady Pioneers see positive in defeat; Lansing downed by Mill Valley
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  • A 9-0 loss is never a good outcome for a girls' soccer team.
    Yet, that doesn't mean positive results can't come out of such a defeat. On Tuesday, Leavenworth hosted the No. 3 team in the state, Shawnee Mission East, and lost 9-0.
    However, it wasn't all bad.
    “We were down 9-0 at half and in the second half, we played great,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “They wanted to finish it early and get out of there, but our defense never gave up and held them scoreless.
    “Losing is never good, but tonight I saw them play in that second half the way I know they can play and I think they took some confidence away from that.”
    Leavenworth, 1-6, will be at Lawrence Free State Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
    “If we can carry that effort into the next game and start out that way, I know we can win.”
    Lansing shutout by Mill Valley
    A lack of possession time ultimately was the Lady Lions undoing Tuesday.
    Lansing girls' soccer couldn't keep control of the ball versus Mill Valley, which allowed its host to constantly push up numbers into the offensive zone according to Lions coach Billy Dillon.
    The result was three Jaguar goals in each half and a 6-0 defeat Lansing.
    “We came out playing hard and doing the things I wanted them to do,” Dillon said. “We just couldn't maintain possession, which allowed them to exploit our weaknesses.”
    Lansing, 5-2, will host Blue Valley Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

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