Lansing girls' tie Bonner Springs, former teammate Bolewski
Sydni Bolewski was on the way to rewriting numerous girls’ soccer record books during her first two years as a Lansing Lion.
The goal-scoring machine then transferred to Bonner Springs and hoped to play only club soccer this spring, but those plans were quashed when the team she signed up for, wasn’t able to continue into this spring.
So the junior Bolewski took on the uniform of Bonner Springs and came out with 15 goals over the team’s first three matches, including eight on Monday against Basehor-Linwood.
Then came a date with her old mates at Lansing on Tuesday night.
The Lions were ready for her.
Holding Bolewski to only six total shots - three in the waning moments of overtime - Lansing was able to secure a 1-1 road tie against the Braves to move to 2-2-2 on the season.
Maddy Fay’s 25-yard strike early in the first half gave Lansing the 1-0 lead, but the Braves tied it with a wind-aided corner kick that slipped past the Lions’ superb goaltender Brynne Qualley in the 51st minute to establish the tie that would hold for 49 more minutes.
“In the beginning we were tight and the girls know that, but as the game progressed we started to get more possession,” Lansing head coach Ryan Yedlinsky said. “Overall, there was no shame in the way they played. Shots just weren’t going in - we hit the crossbar once (in overtime). Stuff like that happens. What I am happy about is that scoring chances have increased tenfold since the beginning of the year. At the end of the day, it was a draw against a really good team.
“We started to (game plan for Bolewski)…I was comfortable with the way they were handling her. She is an outstanding player no doubt. She had her chances, which outstanding players are going to have, but overall we minimized them.”
Lansing defender Kennedy Farris was a key component of marking Bolewski and even smiled when her former teammate’s shot went wide in the match’s first minute.
“It’s not my favorite thing in the world (going against Bolewski), but it’s not bad - it’s always good competition,” Farris said. “I love her to death and I wish she was on my side, but it is what it is. She’s a great player and I have so much respect for her.
“(After the first miss) I was just talking to her and thinking ‘Yes, it didn’t go in. Saved my butt.’ We are still good friends.”
For Bolewski, a fierce competitor that wants to win against everyone, the game was a reunion with former teammates, but still a disappointing result against an opponent.
“It was good to see everybody and they played really well and I always enjoy seeing Lansing people,” Bolewski said. “Honestly, even in practice, whenever you step on the pitch with your friends you have to treat them like any other opponent. I love it (at Bonner Springs), it’s awesome.”
The Lansing girls started the week with an easy 12-0 win over Bishop Ward on Monday, winning the contest in the first half.
Freshman Shelbea Butler led the Lions with four goals, classmates Abby Martin and Sadie Dipman each scored two apiece as did sophomore Payge Gauger while sophomore Jenna McClain and senior Maddy Fay each added one tally apiece.
Lansing outshot Bishop Ward 28-1.