Lions play Cyclones to scoreless tie
The shot counter on the scoreboard at Lansing Middle School showed just how lopsided the level of play was Monday evening when Lansing High and Ottawa High's girls soccer teams squared off.
LHS held a 32-7 shots advantage according to the counter.
The spots reserved for tallying goals told a far different story, though.
Lansing 0, Ottawa 0.
Despite LHS dominating the overall flow of the game, time of possession and shots attempted during regulation and both overtime periods - Lansing's managers had the shot advantage at 31-4 - the Lions were unable to put the ball in the net and claim the victory against an opponent they beat 4-1 earlier in the season.
"We're not patient enough," sophomore forward Christine Cordes said. "We get down there and it's like coach says, we don't wait for the right (moment). We try to hurry up and put the ball in the net because we're close. We've just got to put it in. We've got to be more patient with the ball."
At times it seemed the Lions were too patient, made one pass too many and were unable to attempt a shot. Other times, they rushed their shots and sent the ball sailing high above the crossbar.
After misfiring on their first 10 shots of the game, Cordes nearly put the Lions on the board in the 36th minute. Junior midfielder Bianca Manago dribbled down the left endline and fired a pass that deflected off a Cyclone defender. The deflection carried to sophomore midfielder Erin Griffen. Griffen one-touched a pass that Cordes gathered and buried into the net. Cordes was offsides, though, so the goal was disallowed.
Lansing attempted two more shots in the final minute of the half - one by junior Kayla Pina and another by sophomore Lauren Elkins - but neither found the net.
The scoring woes grew in the second half as a visibly tired Ottawa club turned up its physical play and added to Lansing's mounting frustrations.
Lansing had another good chance to score early in the second half when Manago and junior Kristen Huffman strung passes together for Cordes, but her point-blank shot to the near post was pushed wide by a diving save.
The Lions had more chances as Elkins, Pride, Pina and Manago all let shots fly. Junior Abby Livingston-Shelburne even hit the crossbar while trying to chip a shot over the goalkeeper.
There were so many looks, but nothing found the net.
"It's easy for the girls to get frustrated when they're not seeing all the effort up on the board," LHS assistant coach Jean Volk said. "But they do a pretty good job of trying to build each other up and making sure they're still supporting each other."
The Lions continued to attack. Eventually they got another good look in the 75th minute when junior defender Abby Hauver blasted a free kick that bounced off Pina's back and deflected right to Livingston-Shelburne's feet for a breakaway. She raced down the field for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the shot was blocked.
A flurry in the box with less than a minute left in regulation saw the Lions attempt four shots. All four were deflected.
Lansing held an 8-2 shots advantage in the two overtime periods, but no goals were recorded.
With the tie, Lansing moved its record to 7-4-2 overall. Ottawa improved to 1-8-2. The game did not count toward league standings because it was the second time this season the teams played. The first meeting counts as the league game.
LHS will close out Northeast Kansas Soccer League action at 6 p.m. Thursday against Immaculata at Lansing Middle School. Lansing is 6-2 in the league and is the defending league champion.
Cordes said she didn't think the Lions would have any trouble regrouping for Thursday's game.
"We're going to be fired up," she said. "We're going to come in and we're going to want to beat Immac just because of the rivalry. And coming off this game we're going to be even more fired up because we want to get another win. We want to prove to everybody that we can."
- Monday was Senior Night for LHS soccer. Seniors Lindsay Parks, Katie McKee and Heidi Meyer were recognized before the game along with senior managers Chris Rohan and Matt Walker.