Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Soccer completes league sweep

Sickinger nets both goals in victory

May 5, 2005

Call it a case of senior pride taking over if you want to, but Kendra Sickinger didn't want her Lansing High Lions to share the Northeast Kansas Soccer League title with anybody - especially not Immaculata.

Sickinger, a four-year starter on the LHS soccer team, buried both goals in the Lions' 2-1 victory over IMAC at the University of St. Mary. She scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining. The victory completed a perfect 10-0 sweep through the league and denied the Raiders an opportunity to share the crown.

"It's the best feeling in the world because our team is so united and so good," Sickinger said of the victory. "That game really showed how united we are."

The Lions needed every last ounce of toughness they could muster to knock of a quick Raider team. IMAC took a 1-0 lead in the first half and held that margin through halftime. Sickinger netted her first goal of the game early in the second half when her high blast from 18 yards out clipped the goalkeeper's fingertips and skipped into the net. The game remained tied in a back-and-forth battle throughout the rest of the half. The game seemed to be headed to overtime, but Sickinger struck again in the final minutes with the game-winner.

Lansing (12-2) next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at home against defending state champion Shawnee Heights.

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