Soccer showdown with Piper has league title implications
A Kaw Valley League rule states that there will only be one league champion in boys soccer, Lansing High coach Randy Brown said.
Umm : one little problem.
Lansing, Mill Valley and Bonner Springs all are tied for first with one loss in KVL action.
"According to league officials, there is no tie-breaker," Brown said. "There is no tie-breaker system for soccer in the KVL right now, but there is a statement that there is only one league champion. That's pretty interesting."
Easy solution, right? Create a tie-breaker and decide on a champion based on head-to-head competition. Sorry, that won't work. Lansing beat Bonner. Bonner beat Mill Valley. Mill Valley beat Lansing. This could get tricky unless two of those three teams lose a league game in the next week.
"We've got to do our part and win the next two games," Brown said.
Lansing has two league games left, beginning with a 6 p.m. game tonight against Piper (9-4-1) at Lansing Middle School. It also plays Perry-Lecompton (0-13) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home.
Piper is a half-game behind the logjam for first. It has one loss and one tie in league play.
"Piper has really been working hard in the last couple of years to build the program, and you're seeing their results this year," Brown said. "They've got some great players and they're playing well right now. They're going to leapfrog us in the standings if they win."
There is more at stake in tonight's game than just league standings, though. The Lions are playing for a high seed in the regional playoffs, so it's important that they win every game. That makes beating the Pirates crucial.
"It's going to be a big, important game for us," Brown said. "It's good to play a team with talent, and they definitely do have some talented players. It'll be a good test for us going into regionals."
Lansing has struggled to finish its scoring opportunities during the past few games. That was the case in the 4-2 victory over Basehor last Thursday and again Tuesday in the 8-2 victory against Topeka-Cair Paravel. LHS will need to be more efficient with its shots if it wants to avoid being upset by Piper or advance deep into the playoffs, Brown said.