Archive for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Lansing soccer jockeys for regional position

October 12, 2006

The Class 5A regional soccer tournament is less than two weeks away, and Lansing High knows it has work to do between now and then if it wants a good postseason seed.

LHS helped its cause Monday when it beat Gardner-Edgerton, 2-0, at Lansing Middle School. Senior Nate Markovetz scored both goals in the victory. Senior Andy Dick and sophomore Clayton Hall had assists. Senior goalkeeper Alex Burton snagged eight saves.

"There's definitely a lot more pressure now," Burton said of the emphasis on winning. "We don't want to come out and play Aquinas in the first game (of regionals), so we don't want to be at the bottom. We want to be as high as we possibly can and maybe get a home game. That'd be great."

Lansing is 10-3-1 with two regular season games remaining. Both of those games are on the road. LHS plays at 6 p.m. today at Piper and then at 6 p.m. Monday at Perry-Lecompton. The Lions have a few areas they plan to focus on in those remaining games.

"We need to work to be more consistent and finish," Hall said. "We have a lot of opportunities (to score), but we need to work on finishing more often. If we can improve our consistency and finishing, we'll be in good shape."

Lansing's 12-team regional includes St. Thomas Aquinas, Mill Valley, Bishop Miege, Bonner Springs, Gardner, Harmon, Schlagle, Sumner Academy, Turner, Washington and Wyandotte.

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