Lions tame Tongie again
Tonganoxie The Tonganoxie boys soccer team proved to be a much tougher opponent their second time around than when Lansing beat the Chieftains, 10-0, last month.
Still, the Lions proved to be by far the superior team as they won the rematch, 5-0.
LHS scored just 13 minutes into the game when Andy Dick fired a bending ball from the left side of the 18-yard box that dipped just inside the back post for a 1-0 lead. Tongie retaliated with a few strong runs at the goal, but Lansing goalkeeper Alex Burton was up to the challenge. Then, in the 30th minute, Kyle Buehler chipped a pass to the back post that senior Brad Mock headed into the net for a 2-0 lead. Ty Thackston had a breakaway at the goal in the final seconds of the first half, but his shot went just wide, so the 2-0 lead stood through intermission.
Lansing (10-2 overall, 5-1 Kaw Valley League) added to its lead just six minutes into the second half when senior midfielder Mike Bayless ripped a hard shot on goal from the left side. His shot deflected off the goalkeeper's hands and right to the feet of Mock, who buried it from six yards out.
Mock returned the favor five minutes later when he slipped a pass to Bayless at the top of the 18-yard box. Bayless juked two defenders and then blasted a shot past the keeper for a 4-0 lead. Thackston added a goal three minutes later that capped the scoring.
The Lions next play at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Basehor-Linwood.
JV ROLLS PAST TONGIE
The Lansing High junior varsity boys soccer team hammered Tonganoxie, 5-2, on Monday afternoon at THS.
The Lions struck just 4:22 into the game when Ben Hancock beat the goalkeeper one-on-one and punched home a goal from close range. Tongie evened the match 13 minutes later, but Tylor McNeill put LHS back on top in the 30th minute when he scored off a pass from Drew Reynolds.
Reynolds put the Lions on top, 3-1, in the 45th minute when he buried a shot from outside the 18-yard box. Tongie pulled within 3-2 when it scored seven minutes later, but the Lions finished strong as Connor Brettmann and Michael McMurphy added late goals to seal the victory.
Lansing (11-1) next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Basehor-Linwood.