Archive for Tuesday, May 9, 2006

BV West trips LHS, 8-1

May 9, 2006

The Lansing High girls soccer team found out exactly why Blue Valley West is the defending state champion.

The Jaguars are good.

West handed Lansing its most lopsided loss of the season, 8-1, Monday night in Stilwell.

"I wouldn't say it was what I expected," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "But Blue Valley West is probably better than I anticipated them being. And they're a state championship quality team.

"In the 5A division, the only team standing between them and the state championship in my opinion is St. Thomas Aquinas."

The Lions (8-6-2) were overmatched by the speedy Jaguars. The No. 2-ranked Jags took a 5-0 lead in the first half before the Lions started to find any rhythm on offense.

After West notched another goal early in the second half, Lansing broke up the shutout in the 51st minute when junior Bianca Manago crossed a pass into the box. Junior Christine Cordes collided with the West goalkeeper while going for the ball and LHS freshman Kathryn Sebes crashed the back post and buried her first goal of the season.

West notched two more goals before the game was over, but Elkins said his squad had a few more chances, too. He said his players reacted to West's speed much better in the second half and created some nice offensive sets during the final 30 minutes.

"They made some strides in moving the ball forward with some speed," he said. "When you play against a team that fast, you have to play fast also. It's something we've talked about and tried to work on, and we actually started seeing it toward the end of the half. That was kind of what happened when Kathryn got her goal."

The Lions ended the regular season with an 8-6-2 record. The Class 5-1A regional seeding meeting will take place Saturday morning. There the Lions will learn who their next opponent will be, as well as when and where they will play.

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