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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Opening with a roar: Lady Lions run past Leavenworth for season-opening win

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  • The Lansing High School girls soccer team attacked throughout Monday's game at Leavenworth High School and came away with a 4-0 win to open the season.
    The Lady Pioneers were able to hold Lansing to one goal in the first half, but the Lady Lions put through three goals in the final 26 minutes.
    "We came out in the first half and we were moving the ball like I wanted them to move it and it was producing some quality shots on goal, but we just weren't hitting the shots," Lansing head coach Billy Dillon said.
    Leavenworth senior goalkeeper Rebecca Reilly got four of her 17 saves between the 15-minute mark and 17-minute mark, but Lansing senior Courtney Callahan kicked in the first goal of the game 18 minutes in.
    Lansing had eight more chances to score in the first half, but the shots were either wide or saved by Reilly.
    "We got quality strikes on them, we just struck it right at the keeper," Dillon said. "We are trying to make changes and spend a little more time finding out where the open spot is and let's go for the open spot, not always just head down and go with it."
    It was Reilly's first appearance in the goal. Leavenworth head coach Ken Lott said he liked what he saw.
    "She's just got to learn to catch the ball a little bit better, but for the most part she's in the right the position," he said. "She's making good guesses and looking at where the ball is going to be. I couldn't ask for anything better."
    Lansing controlled the ball on Leavenworth's side of the field for much of the game and the Lady Lions were able to break through with three second-half goals.
    With about 26 minutes left in the game, Lansing freshman Brittany Valieant assisted senior Madison Stebbins for one of her team-leading two goals. Stebbins gave Lansing a 3-0 lead soon after.
    "Madison is a great little player," Dillon said. "When I give her instruction to go into the game, she goes and applies it. She came out in the second half and did that. That's what got her the opportunities to get the two goals."
    Lansing junior Monica Amthor finished off the scoring with a penalty kick in the final minute of the game.
    Dillon said he saw his team use its strengths to come away with a victory.
    "They move the ball well," he said. "The intensity was there. It's things this group does really well and we are just going to build from here."
    Lansing hosts KC Christian at 6 p.m. Thursday. Leavenworth takes its 0-2 record to Junction City at noon Saturday.
    The Lady Pioneers started the season with a 7-0 home loss on Friday against Shawnee Heights. Lott said he saw improvements from Friday to Monday.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Leaps and bounds," he said. "Ball movement, aggression, going to the ball, winning the ball, making sure we stay in front of a lot of the shots. Just hard work."
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