Soccer falls to defending champs
Lions run out of gas against Shawnee Heights
Nine games in 15 days is a stretch nasty enough to wear out any team, but try playing the toughest of those nine games in the final matchup of the gauntlet stretch.
That's exactly what happened to the Lansing High girls' soccer team.
LHS beat Ottawa on Monday, shut out Piper TWICE on Tuesday and then held off Immaculata in a tooth-and-nails game Thursday to wrap up the Northeast Kansas Soccer League title. By the time defending Class 5-1A state champion Shawnee Heights rolled into town on Friday the Lions didn't have much left in the tank, and it showed.
Shawnee Heights 7, Lansing 2.
Both teams did most of their damage during the first half. Heights netted five of its goals in the opening stanza while Lansing senior Monique Richardson buried a pair of goals. Heights tagged on two more scores in the second half but the Lions were unable to find the net again.
Heights improved to 10-3 with the victory. Lansing dropped to 12-3.
In a telling match that could be indicative of where the Lansing program is headed, the junior varsity Lions earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw with the Heights JV. The LHS JV hadn't played since Monday, so the well-rested Lions may have proven that the gap between them and the state's most elite programs is shrinking quickly.
LHS next plays at 4:30 p.m. Monday at home against De Soto. That will close out the regular season. Then the Lions will gear up for the regional playoffs.