Soccer shuts out Maranatha
Huffman nets three goals in LHS victory
Less than 24 hours after dropping a 3-0 decision to Olathe Northwest during a steady rainfall and bitter wind, the Lansing High soccer team had blue sky shining above its home soccer field.
On Tuesday, the only storm in sight was brewing in the Lions' cleats as they dumped in five goals against Maranatha Academy in a 5-0 victory.
The Lions (7-2) dominated the contest from start to finish and allowed Maranatha just two legitimate scoring opportunities.
"We were in total control," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "We were quicker than them most of the time. They were playing like they're supposed to play. They're clicking."
Senior Jessica Hauver buried the game-winner 7:43 into the game when she gathered the ball after a scramble in the box and put it into the back of the net. Sophomore midfielder Kristen Huffman began the pile-on when she stole an errant pass from a Maranatha defender and hammered it home for a 2-0 lead in the 10th minute. Two minutes later freshman Rachel Pride gave LHS an insurmountable 3-0 lead when she scored her sixth goal of the year.
Freshman Erin Griffen pushed Lansing's lead to 4-0 on a blast from the 18-yard box that soared over the keeper's head and just under the crossbar.
Griffen later added another long-range goal in the 54th minute that closed out the offense.
Elkins said he wasn't surprised by his squad's large margin of victory, but he said he was pleased that his players maintained their elevated level of play from Monday's game. That was evident in their intensity, focus and quick ball movement.
Lansing next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Washington. Then the Lions will finish their game with Piper at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Piper. LHS led the Pirates, 3-0, when the game was canceled for lightning with 9:42 left in the first half on April 21.
For more on the LHS soccer team, pick up the April 28 edition of The Current. For photo galleries from recent varsity and junior varsity soccer games, visit the photo galleries page at lansingcurrent.com.