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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • New coach looking to fill holes for Lansing soccer

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  • With Randy Brown retiring, Billy Dillon takes over the head coaching duties for Lansing boys soccer. He takes over a team that went 8-8-1 last season, and will replace its top scorers, but will have a tough midfield. Jimmy Bormolini, Mason Ruff and Joe Henry were the leading scorers last season, so Dillion will be looking for replacements. While the offense will be trying to find an answer, the midfield should be pretty set with senios Cole Hoing and Kyle Saunders. “We have a lot of returners from last year’s squad, plus the additional players has given us plenty of depth in our midfield,” Dillon said. Leading senior goalkeeper Briscoe Elliot returns after recording four shutouts and allowing 2.5 goals per game a year ago. The defensive line will be a hole to fill, though. “With the graduation of our starting defensive line, we will be inexperienced to start the year,” Dillion said. Junior defender Jackson Plessl is coming off a season-ending injury, so he is expected to get the playing time for the defense. “The rest of the defense will work hard to overcome that (graduated defensive line) at the beginning of the season,” Dillon said. Speed is one of the strengths Dillon pointed out. “With the speed we have, we should put a lot of pressure on our opponents’ back line,” Dillon said. Lansing opens up the season at home against Blue Valley Southwest at 6:30 p.m. today.

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