Boys soccer set to face Basehor
Lansing High boys soccer coach Randy Brown knows his team is down to crunch time.
The Lions (10-2 overall, 5-1 Kaw Valley League) still are holding out hope at collecting a share of the league title, but more important is the fact that they now are playing for playoff positioning.
The Class 5A regional playoffs begin in two weeks and the Lions know they need to win their final four regular-season games if they want to lock up one of the top four seeds in regionals.
That means taking care of business at 6 tonight when they play host to the Basehor Bobcats.
Lansing also will travel to Topeka-Cair Paravel on Tuesday and then play host to Piper and Perry-Lecompton next week.
"We have three home games and one away game coming up, so that's a good thing," Brown said. "We've got to stay healthy and continue to develop (during those games)."
Lansing played Basehor on Sept. 7 and won handily, 10-0, but Brown said he anticipates a much tougher match the second time around. After all, Basehor beat Mill Valley - the only team to beat Lansing - earlier this season.
The Lions will look to hone up a few areas during the next two weeks before regional action begins. They want to shut down the middle of the field and do a better job finishing shots.
Quick forwards have given the Lions trouble this year. The return of senior defender Theo Daniels from injury should help in that area.
"That's obviously a matter of concern," Brown said.
Ty Thackston and Brad Mock lead Lansing with 15 goals apiece. Mike Bayless and Andy Dick each have scored six goals. Bayless has a team-high nine assists. Junior goalkeeper Alex Burton has six shutouts.