Archive for Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Lions drill Tonganoxie in home-opener

Mock nets three goals in easy victory

September 6, 2005

No matter what the sport, a Lansing High-Tonganoxie High showdown always seems to go down to the wire.

That's what made the Lions' 10-0 soccer shutout of the Chieftains on Tuesday night all the more impressive.

Tonganoxie lost three of its top players from last year to graduation, but the Chieftains didn't lack the effort and intensity that LHS expected to see. The difference was the Lions (2-1) matched that intensity and played with more efficiency for the entire game. They scored twice in the first 4:41 of the game and never looked back.

"You can see the nucleus of what's going to be a good team down the road," LHS coach Randy Brown said of Tonganoxie, "but obviously tonight we were the better team and we needed to win, and we did do that."

The Lions jumped on the board in the third minute when Ty Thackston fed a pass to Brad Mock who buried it into the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Moments later, Thackston added a goal of his own when he rifled a shot from the right side that deflected off a Tonganoxie defender and banked into the goal for a 2-0 lead. With that, the assault was on.

"This is the kind of the game that we want to be playing," Brown said. "We want to be playing the field, and it's just good that we were able to do that on our home field that we're used to being able to play on. What we needed to do was when we went to Mill Valley (and lost 1-0 on Thursday), played like this instead of hanging back."

Andy Dick logged an assist 10 minutes later when he slipped a pass Clayton Hall. Hall corralled the ball and fired a right-footed shot that skipped off the keeper's fingertips and into the net. Six minutes later is was Nolan Bohannon who found Dick for a goal.

Alex Brettman fed a pass to Mock across the mouth of the goal in the 37th minute that Mock tapped past the keeper for a 5-0 halftime advantage.

The offense continued coming throughout the second half. The Lions immediately resumed peppering the THS goal with shots, and in the 44th minute Mock added his third goal of the game when he used a header to sent a pass from Hall into the goal. Four minutes later, Thackston added his second goal of the game off a pass from Dick.

In the 60th minute it was Brandon Rimmey who buried home a goal off a pass from Nate Markovetz. Markovetz added his own goal seven minutes later. Finally in the 74th minute senior defender Theo Daniels ended the game by spread rule when he scored off a header by redirecting Brettmann's corner kick into the goal.

LHS outshot Tongie 42-5 in the match.

The Lions won't have much time to enjoy their victory. They turn around and play a 6 p.m. game Wednesday at Basehor-Linwood.

JV REMAINS UNDEFEATED

The Lansing High junior varsity squad remained undefeated this season as it knocked off Tonganoxie, 3-1.

The Lions (3-0) dominated the match from start to finish but lacked their usual intensity level for much of the game. Still, Nick Stevenson's early goal, paired with goals from Ben Hancock and Metin DePaolis, were enough for the Lions to remain perfect on the season.

The junior varsity Lions next play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Basehor-Linwood.

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