Archive for Thursday, September 22, 2005

Second-half eruption pushes LHS past Immaculata

Thackston scores two goals in victory

September 22, 2005

— For 40 minutes Wednesday the Lansing High boys soccer team was unable to shake a pesky squad from Immaculata.

The Lions (6-1) dominated on the offensive end throughout the first half but forwards Brad Mock, Ty Thackston and Andy Dick struggled to find the back of the net against the Raiders' defense.

Finally, Mock broke through in the 27th minute when he took a pass from Dick and buried the ball pas the goalkeeper in the midst of a flurry in the box. The goal gave LHS a 1-0 lead and the Lions never looked back as they ran away with a 6-1 victory.

"We got the outcome we wanted, but we just weren't playing very well," LHS coach Randy Brown said. "We weren't playing very sharp. They weren't playing very sharp either."

The Lions played somewhat sloppy soccer for most of the game as they struggled to play the ball to each other's feet and they spent too much time dribbling. Still, they shook off their lack of focus enough to score five more goals in the second half.

Thackston buried two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to blow the game wide open.

"I just wanted more goals. You always want those," Thackston said. "I came out about 15 minutes into the first half and coach told me that I just needed to slow it down and work hard. Brad wasn't 100 percent because of his injury (from Tuesday night's game) so coach told me that I needed to step up and come back, so that's what I did."

Once Thackston scored his goals, the offensive intensity became contagious. Senior midfielder Mike Bayless, Mock and Dick each added goals down the stretch.

"I think we did a better job in the second half of doing what we needed to do to be able to win the game," Brown said.

Jamie Earleywine scored the Raiders' lone goal with about five minutes left in the match after a defensive breakdown allowed him to get free for a one-on-one with the keeper, but it was too little too late.

The Lions will have little time to rest after playing back-to-back games. They play again at 4 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Christian.

"The good thing about tomorrow is it's non-league so it's a good chance for us to go out with no sort of responsibility or problems and just play some good soccer," Brown said. "Kansas City Christian is going to come out and play some good soccer too, so it's a good opportunity for both teams to play."

JV WINS 2-0

For the first half of the game against Immaculata the Lansing High junior varsity boys soccer team seemed a bit out of sync, but midway through the 30-minute game the Lions settled down and took care of business.

Lansing 2, Immaculata 0.

The Lions got on the board in the 15th minute when Tylor McNeill corralled a pass from Dennis Wood and buried it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later McNeill struck again, this time off a pass from Kalon Thrasher, as he slipped a shot past the keeper from 10 yards out.

Lansing improved to 7-0 for the season and collected its sixth shutout of the year. The Lions next play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Christian.

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