Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Cordes’ goal gives LHS 1-0 win at KC Christian

April 19, 2007

The Lansing High girls soccer team collected its fifth consecutive victory and fifth consecutive shutout Monday when it held off Kansas City Christian, 1-0.

Junior forward Christine Cordes scored Lansing's lone goal midway through the second half when she redirected junior Rachel Pride's free kick into the net.

The goal and eventual victory were the highlights of what was otherwise a tough day for the Lions. They controlled the game in all facets despite not being particularly sharp.

"We were just flat today technically," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "We were inaccurate with our passes and didn't control the ball very well on our first touch. If we can't play well technically, we just can't put our tactics together."

Elkins said part of the Lions' struggles likely happened because they were missing a key component to their midfield play. That player, senior Kayla Pina, was in a car accident Friday. Elkins said Pina wasn't hurt, but she was a little banged up and needed the day off to heal.

One player who was solid tactically was Katie Nietzke. The junior goalkeeper faced numerous threats from the KCC offense, but she was up to the task and whitewashed another opponent.

"She got into some pretty physical saves where she was saving it while they had a foot on the ball," Elkins said. "That was probably a really good game for her to have."

Lansing returns to the pitch at 6 p.m. today when it plays host to Blue Valley at Lansing Middle School. The teams played to a 0-0 draw last season in a rain-shortened contest at Blue Valley West Sports Complex. That game marked the first time in program history that LHS had played an East Kansas League opponent and not lost. A victory today against a team from the state's soccer power conference would be big for the program, Elkins said.

"We have the potential to do it," he said. "(Based on) our record against common opponents and statistically, we match up pretty good."

Blue Valley is 4-3 this season. Lansing is 6-1.

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