Honors pile up for LHS girls soccer
The best season in Lansing High girls soccer history ended barely a week ago, and the postseason honors already are pouring in.
LHS went 14-4 this season, won the program's first regional championship, advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time and went a perfect 6-0 in Kaw Valley League action. That resumeÂ' guaranteed that the Lions would be represented well on the league and regional teams, and that certainly was the case.
Seven Lions landed spots on the All-Kaw Valley League teams, six garnered All-Central Region honors and five more collected regional academic honors.
LHS coach Rob Elkins said he was pleased to have so many players recognized by the league after the Lions outscored their KVL opponents 38-3 this season.
"I think we got a fair distribution," he said. "It was kind of expected because of our record and how well we did compared to the other teams, and the other coaches knew that. We could've had some more players on there, but it just doesn't work that way."
Senior forward Bianca Manago nabbed first-team honors after scoring 17 goals and dishing out 11 assists. Junior midfielder Rachel Pride also made the first team after scoring eight goals and tallying a team-high 14 assists. Junior goalkeeper Katie Nietzke was named to the first-team after collecting 11 shutouts - four in league play, and senior defender Abby Hauver also made the first-team.
Second-team honors went to junior forward Christine Cordes, the Lions' co-leading goal-scorer with 17, and freshman defender Briana Hall. Senior defender Elizabeth Cristiano earned honorable mention status.
Elkins said he wished more Lions could have been recognized by the league, but he said the voting process makes it tough.
"It's just hard having so many good players, because players on our team that didn't make all-league, had they been playing for one of the other schools, they probably would've made it. It's just hard with so many good girls to get them all recognized."
In addition to their first-team KVL honors, Hauver, Manago and Nietzke also landed on the All-Central Region first team. It's the fourth time Manago has made the first team, and the second time for Hauver and Nietzke.
Cordes and Pride both landed on the all-region second team. Freshman Allison Dillon was an honorable mention selection after scoring four goals and dishing six assists this season.
On the academic side, Cristiano, Hauver and Manago earned spots on the KSCA Central Region All-Academic first team, senior Brittany Swisher was honored as an All-Region outstanding scholar and senior Kristen Huffman was recognized as an All-Region distinguished scholar.