Panthers upend Lions in OT
Overtime continues to be a pain for the Lansing High girls soccer team.
Playing Kansas City Christian in Prairie Village on Thursday, the Lions and Panthers battled through a scoreless regulation before the Panthers put the game away 1:30 into overtime.
A KC Christian player dribbled into the corner and tussled with a Lansing defender. During the battle for the ball, the defender fell down and opened up an angle for a pass to be fired.
"The defender actually went down in the battle (for the ball)," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "That gave her enough room to cross the ball."
The cross found KC Christian's Kate Welch unmarked in the box and she promptly buried a shot to end the game.
"We couldn't believe that we let them score so fast, because we had that game," sophomore Lauren Elkins said. "We were playing so much better than them, and we were putting passes together. It was just really shocking that they scored so quickly."
Rob Elkins said his squad outplayed KC Christian during regulation. Lansing strung passes together and created a few chances to score, but each time those possessions were broken up. Elkins said some of that had to do with the field conditions. KC Christian's field is narrower than regulation. It also was hard and bumpy.
"They resodded it, but I don't think they watered it," he said. "It was very bumpy. It was very hard. With the bumpiness and the hardness, both teams struggled to handle the ball."
Elkins said his belief that the field conditions hindered his team's play was validated Friday morning when the team practiced at 7 a.m. He said that back on the soft grass field at Lansing Middle School "they played really good."
Still, he admitted his players were frustrated.
"I'm not really worried about winning, and the girls aren't fixated on that so much," Rob Elkins said. "We just want to play a better game, because they've worked really hard this year and they haven't seen the fruits of their labor yet. But they will."
Lansing (4-2-1 overall, 2-2 Northeast Kansas Soccer League) next plays at 6 p.m. Monday when they play host to Mill Valley at Lansing Middle School. LHS won the earlier meeting 3-2 in the season-opener. The two teams split the series last year.