Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

Lansing soccer ranked No. 1

September 29, 2005

The Lansing High boys soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the state - for this week, at least.

One day after LHS found out it would compete in Class 5A postseason play for the second straight year, the Lions received the No. 1 ranking in the Class 4-1A poll. It was a ranking they seemed worthy of, considering in recent week they'd upended teams that at the time were ranked second, third and fourth in the 4-1A poll.

"I'm sure most of those 4A schools are glad that we're not going to be 4A," said LHS coach Randy Brown. "I'm not concerned about rankings right now, though. Nobody cares about rankings until the end of the season anyway."

Although Brown said he isn't paying much attention to where his squad is ranked, there was one team in the polls that caught his eye: St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Saints (8-0) are ranked No. 1 in the 6A poll this week, but the two-time defending champions just dropped to 5A. Much like Lansing, Aquinas will be changing classes in next week's poll.

"When I saw that, I was like 'what?'" Brown said of the rankings. "We're ranked No. 1 in 4A, and we've been 5A since last year. And then I saw that they're going to be in 5A, too. This is going to be interesting."

Brown said it was the first time he could recall that two No. 1-ranked teams from different classes had moved into a different class in the same year.

With Aquinas and Lansing thrown into the 5A mix, the Northeast Kansas Regional brackets could get messy. A number of top-tier programs will join STA and LHS in the regional. Among them are Blue Valley West, Mill Valley and Bishop Miege.

"There's a big group of teams down there," Brown said. "It's all going to boil down to what happens at the seeding meeting. We need to win out to be able to meet the right teams to advance, because there are plenty of good teams out there."

Brown said the Lions aren't worrying about the postseason yet. He said they still have plenty of games to play before then, including a 6 p.m. home contest tonight against Mill Valley.

The Jaguars beat Lansing, 1-0, during the second game of the year, so the Lions are looking to redeem themselves.

"They've already bested us once this year," Brown said, "so we need to play well against them and show them we can play well against a team like that. It's going to be key to us as we prepare for the postseason."

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