Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lansing blows out Bonner, 10-0

Pride’s 5 assists, Manago’s 3 goals highlight big day for Lions’ offense

April 12, 2007

There was nothing pretty about the field or weather conditions Tuesday evening at Lansing Middle School as a steady rain turned parts of the field into a muddy mess.

The quality of play that took place on that field, however, was a sight to be seen.

The Lansing High girls soccer team seemed unaffected by the adverse weather conditions as it strung together a series of picture-perfect goals in a 10-0 victory over Bonner Springs.

"They put several nice goals together," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "That's what counts."

They also put those goals together quickly. Lansing built a 7-0 lead by halftime and then needed barely three minutes to net three more goals in the second half to reach the mercy-rule victory.

Senior Bianca Manago led the offensive attack with three goals, Brittany Swisher and Christine Cordes each scored twice, and Katelyn Griffen, Erin Griffen and Rachel Pride each added goals.

Pride dished out a team-high five assists, and Katelyn Griffen, Manago, Cordes, Lauren Elkins and Kayla Pina each had one.

Junior goalkeeper Katie Nietzke notched the shutout, her fourth of the season.

A first-year program, Bonner Springs was no match for Lansing, but the Lions weren't willing to simply accept the victory. Instead, they used the game as an opportunity to practice through balls and work on various combinations. The result of that was a series of crafty goals.

Take, for instance, Lansing's third goal when Manago made a long run down the right sideline before crossing a pass to Pride in the middle. Pride one-touched a pass to Cordes at the near-post for an easy goal.

"It's a lot more fun to play beautiful soccer than it is to just kick it and run," Pride said of the Lions' improved passing skills. "When we play as a team it's just a lot more fun."

The victory over Bonner Springs was Lansing's third by a 10-0 margin this season, but Rob Elkins said he was pleased with his players' improvement in those games.

"The nice thing about these 10-0 games has been the sequencing of them," he said. "Every time it has been a little bit more difficult of an opponent. That gives us a chance to build our combinations together so they become more of a pattern and part of our rhythm so that we can start doing that sort of a thing at a faster pace."

Lansing (5-1) next plays at 4 p.m. Monday at Kansas City Christian.

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