Domke delivers in first varsity appearance
Freshman scores twice as LHS tops Piper, 4-1
Last week Abbey Lozenski scored a goal during her varsity debut as the Lansing High girls soccer team earned a 5-0 victory over Gardner-Edgerton.
Wednesday against Piper it was Ariana Domke's turn.
Domke, a freshman, was called up to the varsity Wednesday. She quickly made her presence felt by scoring two goals in Lansing's 4-1 victory at Lansing Middle School.
"It was beginner's luck, I guess," Domke said. "I hope it continues. I hadn't scored any on JV, so it was kind of nice."
The quick strike came as no surprise to LHS coach Rob Elkins. He has seen this before on numerous occasions during the past few years.
"It's worked out that was, hasn't it?" he said. "I have no explanation for it. It must be some sort of magic that I have to call upon every now and then."
Elkins' magic trick won't make another appearance this season. He also called up freshman defender Amy Briggs on Wednesday to round out the postseason roster at 22 players. He isn't allowed to change the roster during the postseason, so the Lions won't be able to rely on Elkins' karma to guarantee any goals. Instead, they'll have to do it on their own.
Goals were tough to come by early against Piper. The Pirates scored during the opening minutes, and it took the Lions most of the half to regroup and respond. Lozenski tied the game with 11 second left in the half. A shot by Rachel Pride slammed off the crossbar, and Lozenski collected it during the ensuing scramble and fired a shot into the net.
Domke's first goal proved to be the game-winner. Pride fed her a pass at the back post, and Domke one-touched it past the keeper for a 2-1 lead.
Christine Cordes scored on a long breakaway less than two minutes later and extended the lead to 3-1.
Domke iced the game in the 75th minute when Pride passed to her and she fired it home from about 15 yards out.
"Ariana was tough, and we knew she was tough," Elkins said. "She got to be on the receiving end of two goals."
Lansing ends the regular season with a 12-3 record and now must wait to learn its postseason fate. The Class 5-1A regional seeding meeting takes place Saturday morning at Olathe East High School. The Lions are assured of either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed.
For now, however, Elkins said he's simply happy that the team will have a few days to practice.
"We haven't been able to actually practice in quite a while with the game schedule and the rain," he said. "We were rusty tonight, and you could see it at the very beginning of the game. We just need some practice time now."
Wednesday was Senior Night for the LHS soccer team, and nine seniors were honored prior to their final regular-season home appearance. Those seniors are Abby Hauver, Kayla Pina, Bianca Manago, Elizabeth Cristiano, Kristen Huffman, Brittney Swisher, Heidi Schultz, Frederike Lohse and manager Alex Bock.