Archive for Thursday, May 19, 2005

Stags sting Lions again

Just like 2004, Miege bumps LHS from playoffs again

May 19, 2005

The Lansing High girls' soccer team did everything it could to prepare for its regional playoff showdown Tuesday with Bishop Miege.

The Lions beefed up their regular season schedule with tougher opponents and still earned a No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They worked on their conditioning. They played quicker and smarter than ever before.

It still wasn't enough.

Miege 4, Lansing 1.

"I thought we were ready," sophomore defender Elizabeth Cristiano said. "(Monday's) practice was really intense, but I guess you can never be too prepared for something like this."

The Lions (13-4) seemed plenty prepared in the first half. Senior Jessica Hauver's goal off of a corner kick from senior Kendra Sickinger in the opening minutes provided plenty of momentum.

"That was key," LHS coach Rob Elkins said of scoring first, "because the girls realized that we can play with this team and we can beat this team."

Despite the Stags' 7-3 shot advantage in the half, LHS dominated time of possession and controlled the tempo.

Everything changed after intermission, though. Miege opened the second half with a vengeance. It scored less than a minute into the half and never looked back.

"When they came back in the second half they were a new team," senior Monique Richardson said. "They were attacking and winning every ball."

Miege beat LHS 10-0 in the regular season last year and 6-0 in the playoffs, so from a sheer numbers standpoint the gap has been closed a bit. Cristiano said that's because the team had worked hard and stayed focused.

"This team was just so much stronger," she said. "We played really well together. I just look at the future of our program. It's going to be great because we just keep on improving."

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