Defense delivers in final soccer tune-up
Perry Lansing High boys soccer coach Randy Brown was thrilled his squad's game at Perry-Lecompton wasn't rained out Monday afternoon.
Sure, the field was sloppy and the weather wasn't ideal, but the end result - a 4-0 LHS victory - was perfect in Brown's eyes.
The coach was happy to see senior Nate Markovetz net three goals and senior Stepan Herout score the fourth, but Brown said he was most pleased with the play of his squad's defense.
"We were able to put some goals in, but the fact that we were able to get the shutout meant that we were playing some good defense and we weren't giving away any balls," Brown said. "I was pleased that the team was able to do that."
Most of Lansing's starting defenders from last year's squad graduated, so the Lions underwent a complete overhaul in the back. It's taken them some time to jell and perform consistently, but Brown said seniors Josh Robinson and Geoff Fowles, junior Drew Reynolds and sophomores Hawkins Hall and Mo Meyer have risen to the challenge.
The defense has been so good, Brown said, that it has allowed just one goal in the last three games.
"They've really been playing marvelous," Brown said. "They've been stepping up to the plate and doing the job that needs to be done."
Monday's shutout put an exclamation point on a regular season where Lansing posted a 12-3-1 record. Brown said the defensive effort gives the Lions plenty of confidence as they head into postseason play.
LHS will learn its Class 5A regional playoff fate at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Olathe East High School when the brackets are set at the seeding meeting. St. Thomas Aquinas likely has the No. 1-seed locked up. Lansing is on the bubble to be the No. 3- or No. 4-seed.
"It would be nice to be a third-seed, because then we could have people come to us for both (regional) games," Brown said. "It's going to be close."
LHS likely will play host to a first-round game Monday or Tuesday at Lansing Middle School. Brown said he isn't too concerned who his squad plays.
"I'm a 'whoever it is, whoever it is,' guy," he said. "We'll play whoever we have to play."
To find out who, when and where Lansing plays in the first round of regionals, go to lansingcurrent.com on Saturday afternoon.
JV ENDS SEASON WITH WIN
Lansing High sophomore Matt Robbins scored all three goals as the LHS junior varsity beat Perry, 3-0. Senior Malte Sandhove had an assist.