LHS tops Gardner
Abbey Lozenski didn't need long to make an impact on the Lansing High varsity soccer team.
Lozenski, a freshman who'd played on the junior varsity all season, was called up to the varsity squad Thursday against Gardner-Edgerton. She entered the game at the beginning of the second half, and 31 minutes later she scored her first goal. She later added an assist as LHS rolled to a 5-0 victory at Lansing Middle School.
"As it has happened in the past, when we move a player up they score a goal in their first game," LHS coach Rob Elkins said. "Abbey Lozenski got herself a goal, and it was a very good goal. She shot it from the corner of the penalty area about 20 yards out and put it in the top corner of the net."
Lozenski's goal in the 71st minute gave Lansing a 4-0 lead, but the Lions had a difficult game on their hands before that. They dominated possession and fired 25 shots on goal, but most of them were right at the goalkeeper. As a result, they took a long time to score. In fact, the only goal of the first half came in the 28th minute when a Lansing pass deflected off of a Gardner defender and into the goal.
"We went into halftime with a 1-0 lead, and we knew we had a game on our hands," Elkins said. "But we didn't want to win on an own-goal."
A second own-goal in the 64th minute gave LHS a 2-0 lead, and five minutes later the Lions started scoring for themselves.
While being tripped, Bianca Manago passed to Christine Cordes who scored from eight yards out.
Lozenski scored two minutes later off an assist from Rachel Pride. Then, in the 77th minute Lozenski returned the favor when she assisted on a goal by Pride.
"The last (goals) looked good," Elkins said. "It was a nice way to finish the game."
Lansing next plays at 6 p.m. today at home against Shawnee Heights in a showdown that pits the No. 5-ranked Lions against the third-ranked team in the state.
"We're prepared for tonight," Elkins said. "It's a game we've been looking at for the past week and a half. The girls want to prove something to themselves, and this is a good chance to do that."