Lansing hammers Wyandotte
Showdown with Mill Valley looms today in regional final
It's hard to be critical of a soccer team that just won a game 11-1, but Lansing High senior Andy Dick did his best.
"We should've put a whole lot more in," said Dick, who scored five of Lansing's goals in its rout of Kansas City-Wyandotte on Tuesday night at Lansing Middle School.
Dick was right about that. The Lions put eight shots on goal in the first six minutes without scoring. Once the first one slipped by, however, the floodgates were open for good.
LHS took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when senior Stepan Herout made a long run down the right sideline and lofted a pass into the box. Dick finished it with a header. The lead grew to 4-0 quickly as Dick scored three more goals during a 2-minute, 17-second span. He then assisted on a goal by senior Nate Markovetz that made it 5-0 with 15:54 left in the first half.
A defensive breakdown in the 33rd minute led to a Wyandotte goal, but junior defender Drew Reynolds answered with a goal one minute later that gave LHS a 6-1 lead at halftime.
Herout, Robinson, Markovetz, Dick and senior Justin Nickum all tallied goals in the second half before Lansing earned its mercy-rule victory with 5:18 left on the clock.
"We had some goals come from a few different people and I think that's going to be a big confidence booster for everybody," Robinson said, noting that six different Lions scored goals in the victory.
Lansing will need the added confidence for its regional championship match at 4 p.m. today at Mill Valley. The Lions and Jaguars battled to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 31, but the Jaguars rolled to an 8-1 victory in the second meeting Sept. 28. The loss came at the end of a stretch where the Lions played three games in four days. Fatigue may have been a factor, numerous players admitted, but it's a game they haven't forgotten.
"We want to play them a whole lot more intense than we did last time," Dick said. "We won't have any excuses to lose."
Added Robinson: "We need to come out strong because we've got something to prove. The last match was terrible, but I think that's going to work to our advantage."
The greatest obstacle Mill Valley presents is speed, but Lansing has experience on its side after advancing to the state quarterfinals in 2005.
"We've been there before," Robinson said. "We've been in big regional games. The veteran guys, we're going to be calm and we can help calm down the other players."
Also in Lansing's favor is the fact that the Lions seem to be peaking at the right time. They've won six straight games and outscored their opponents 32-4 during that span.
"We're talking more," Reynolds said. "We're comfortable with passing the ball to each other. Our practices are going good and everything is coming together now. We should've been doing this in the middle of the season, but better late than never."