Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Step one complete

Lansing tops Immaculata, 4-0, in regional opener; Bishop Miege is up next

May 15, 2007

It wasn't the 10-0 victory of five weeks ago, but in the game of survive and advance, a win's a win.

The fifth-ranked Lansing High girls soccer team survived its first-round regional playoff game Tuesday with a 4-0 victory over Immaculata at Lansing Middle School.

Lansing dominated the game and held a 33-1 advantage on shots, but it took the Lions a long time to score their first goal. They attempted 12 shots before finally scoring, including a penalty kick by Bianca Manago that Raider goalkeeper Amy Theis halted with a diving save.

Lansing finally scored in the 28th minute. Manago received a pass from Tigan Huffman. Manago then dribbled through the defense and flicked a pass to her left where a charging Christine Cordes one-touched the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Although the Lions converted just one of their 19 first-half shots for a goal, they didn't waste much time scoring in the second half. Manago made a 40-yard solo run, weaved through the defense and buried a shot inside the near post just 54 seconds into the second half.

The Lions nearly extended their lead to 3-0 in the 55th minute when junior Sarah Sargent's header drilled the post. The third goal ultimately came two minutes later, however, when Manago buried a penalty kick.

The final goal came with 19.6 seconds left when freshman Abbey Lozenski fed a pass to freshman Allison Dillon. Upon receiving the ball, Dillon made a 20-yard run and boomed a low shot past Theis.

LHS junior goalkeeper Katie Nietzke faced just one shot while recording her 10th shutout of the season.

Lansing improved to 13-3 and Immaculata ended its season with a 4-11-1 record.

LHS next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Bishop Miege (9-7-1) in the regional championship game. Miege advanced to the finals by defeating Mill Valley, 2-1, in four overtimes.

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