Lansing spots Mill Valley three early goals in season-ending loss
Shawnee Despite dominating the final 40 minutes Thursday, the Lansing High boys soccer team was unable to overcome a three-goal deficit in its Class 5A regional championship game at Mill Valley.
The final result - a 4-1 loss - ended Lansing's season one step short of making a return trip to the state quarterfinals.
"We were playing hard the whole game," senior midfielder Kyle Buehler said. "We were keeping with them. We were passing the ball. We were doing everything well, but they got a couple breakaways and we paid for it."
Mill Valley junior forward Spencer Nash capitalized on a pair of defensive breakdowns and netted two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game.
"They get the ball, we dive in and they score," senior forward Andy Dick said. "It's exactly what happened last time with them (when Mill Valley won 8-1 on Sept. 28)."
Senior goalkeeper Alex Burton said the breakaways shouldn't be blamed entirely on the defense. He said the Lions had a responsibility to help out all over the field. They didn't do that.
"I don't think that was anything on the defense. We lost as a team," he said. "We had trouble in the midfield because they were playing long balls from the midfield. The midfield should have shut them down, and the forwards should've helped them with that. The defense, yeah we had a couple mistouches in the back that led to a couple of breakaways, but it should have been stopped."
Jaguar senior Josh Grimes pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 19th minute when he scored off a deflection in front of the goal.
Lansing (13-4-1) scored just 3:37 into the second half when senior Andy Dick buried a shot off a pass from senior Stepan Herout.
"It fired us up a little bit," Dick said of the goal. "But we couldn't get the passes together that we needed to along the sides to get it in."
The Lions had numerous other scoring opportunities the rest of the half, but they were unable to convert.
Nash scored the game's final goal in the 73rd minute.
"Since we couldn't win league, we were hoping for this," Burton said. "It just didn't turn out that way."
The game was the final one for LHS seniors Dick, Herout, Burton, Buehler, Josh Robinson, Tylor McNeill, John Sebes, Malte Sandhove, Justin Nickum, Geoff Fowles and Nate Markovetz.