Lansing players help Thunder claim league crown
Back in early October, Leavenworth Thunder girls soccer coach Rob Elkins wasn't sure what to expect from his 12-and-under girls soccer team.
That was when the Thunder surprised Elkins by coming together to win the 2005 TRYSA Coca-Cola Classic Soccer Tournament in Emporia. Since then, the Thunder has been rolling. Its latest accomplishment was winning the Heartland Soccer Association Premier Division II soccer league championship. The league consists of competitive traveling teams from Kansas City and Topeka.
Lansing residents Paige Brandt, April Elkins and Jennifer Nye all played integral roles in the team's championship run. Other team members were Shyanne Gergick of Tonganoxie, Ann Schmidt of Easton, Kelsey Merrigan of Fort Leavenworth, Emma Bassette of Cummings, and Leavenworth residents Alyssa Hochard, Charlotte Moe and Liz Todd.
Just how impressive was the Thunder's march to the league title? Consider this statistic. The Thunder outscored its opponents 30-2 during its eight-game league season. The only opponent to score on the Thunder was the KC Cosmos, and the Thunder beat the Cosmos 4-1 and 3-1. The Thunder's closest game was a 2-0 victory against the KSA Lazers on April 2.