Lansing falls to Shawnee Heights in state quarterfinals
Mock’s goal not enough in 2-1 loss
The Lansing High boys soccer team's quest for a state championship ended a few days too soon.
The Lions lost to the Shawnee Heights T-Birds, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Lansing Middle School in the state quarterfinals in a contest that matched two evenly skilled teams.
The primary difference was that the Lions made a few more mistakes than usual, and the T-Birds made them pay.
The T-Birds (13-5-1) dominated the first 30 minutes of the game. They used their speed to stretch the Lions' midfield and defense to create scoring opportunities. Junior forward Brandon Jackson put a shot in the back of the net in the fourth minute, but a teammate was offsides so the goal didn't count.
It didn't matter. Heights soon capitalized on Lansing's defense for two goals during a seven-minute span to take a 2-0 lead. The first goal came when sophomore midfielder Bryan Prentice broke scored on a breakaway from 12 yards out. The second came in the 26th minute on junior Josh Hardy's strike to the far post from 10 yards out.
Much like it did during its 3-1 victory against Bishop Miege on Thursday, Lansing responded to the adversity. Senior Ty Thackston slipped a pass to senior Brad Mock for a breakaway down the right side. Mock fired a shot to the upper left-hand corner of the net to pull LHS within 2-1 in the 35th minute.
The Lions (16-3) nearly tied the match on two occasions in the final six minutes of the half. Senior Mike Bayless hit the left post and junior Nate Markovetz drilled the crossbar from 35 yards out on a free kick.
Heights dropped back an extra defender in the second half and made in nearly impossible for Lansing to fire any shots. The Lions had a few breakaways but never got a good look at the goal against the tough T-Bird defense.
For more on Tuesday's game against Shawnee Heights, pick up the Nov. 3 edition of The Current. Also, visit lansingcurrent.com for photos and video from the game.