Lansing shutout, BLHS, LVHS record wins
Lansing shutout, BLHS, LVHS record wins
By ALAN DALE
It’s all about getting things figured out.
The Lansing Lions have looked quite solid in the midfield over two matches along with a defense that is as rock solid as it comes.
Now, if they can figure out how to score.
That bugaboo doomed them in a 2-0 girls’ soccer loss in their home opener Thursday against Class 6A Lawrence Free State.
Lansing (0-1-1) has a lot of good pieces in place, it’s just a matter of getting that finishing touch.
“Overall, they are playing possession ball well: They are connecting a lot of passes, 7-8- 9 at a time, some cases more, some cases less,” Lansing head coach Ryan Yedlinsky said. “We are stalling out at the final third. We know the problem, we just have to fix it. They aren’t used to playing possession ball. When you get in that final third, they immediately try to go to goal, rather than being patient, letting it build and understand that you can’t go 1-on-4 to try to win.
“We have some speed, we just don’t have really fast forwards. You can’t just set up through balls opening to get past their defense. They play great between the mids and the defense is just fine and just have to fix a few things there.”
The connectivity is there it’s just about being able to hold onto the ball in longer stretches.
“They had a really strong defense and we didn’t really get the ball through,” freshman Abby Martin said. “We had some good opportunities, we just didn’t posses that well. We are just starting the season and we are linking really well so that’s something good to work off of.”
“It’s just the finishing we have to work on and if we do well with that, we’ll be fine,” Lansing frosh Sadie Dipman said. “Getting back on defense was a struggle for us because those (Free State) girls in the middle were fast and getting back on the ball. It’s getting our middle to stop them from shooting because our backline is super good.
“We’ve become pretty close, we’ve bonded really well. We get along on and off the field. It’s an amazing bond that we have and I can’t wait to build it throughout the year.”
LEAVENWORTH 11, Turner 0 (first half)
With a huge game against Shawnee Heights coming up Friday, the last thing the Leavenworth Pioneers’ wanted to do was have a sluggish performance on a cold night against a beatable Turner team.
Also, coming off of a dominant performance in a 1-1 tie against Lansing Monday, a big showing was expected.
Yeah, that’s what’s happened.
The Pioneers (1-0-1) scored all 11 of their goals by halftime and they rolled to an 11-0 rout and first-half mercy win to come home rested for a big showdown against their future United Kansas Conference foe - Shawnee Heights.
Sydney Howell led the way with four goals while Alexis Roan had two goals and two assists Alexis Cole and Kaylee Shaw both had two goals and an assist, Maggie Weber added a goal and Katelyn Schulte contributed an assist.
“Last year we played selfish and everyone wanted to get their own against this team and It was 2-1 at half before we put nine away after half,” LVHS head coach Derek Wilson said. “This year we came out, played as a selfless soccer team and played our game like we would against the best. It allowed us to get several starters plenty of rest and let some other girls get some varsity time who don't get a lot of minutes.
“It keeps us fresh heading into a big game (Friday) night.”
BASEHOR-LINWOOD 3, Baldwin 2
Even though the BLHS Bobcats fell behind early, one had a sense that it was just a matter of time.
After trailing 1-0 early in the first half, the Bobcats (2-0) got an equalizer before the halftime and then scored twice after the break to secure a 3-2 win over a competitive squad from Baldwin High School.
“Tonight's game was one we had to gut out and I think it showed a lot of our players what they can really do,” BLHS head coach Austin Knipp said. “We had a very sluggish warm-up and I warned the team that having those type of warm-ups is a sign of a bad start to games and sure enough, that's how most of our first half was - sluggish. Giving up a goal in the first six minutes, I thought we played on our heels and weren't really moving and connecting passes that we should have been. We also weren't into it mentally with a lot of defensive mistakes as a team and getting pushed off the ball repeatedly. But saying all of this, I have to give credit to Baldwin as they were a very talented team.”
Adele Gore scored in the first half to tie the game and added the insurance goal in the second half, while Taylor Theno put the Bobcats on top early after halftime straight off of a corner kick.
“We hung tight and was able to pull out the victory,” Knipp said.
“I’m really proud of how we responded in the second half collectively and excited to continue our journey through the season together.”