Lansing soccer halts skid with 5-0 victory over Tonganoxie
Tonganoxie Ben Hancock scored three goals and Clayton Hall added two as the Lansing High boys soccer team defeated Tonganoxie, 5-0, on Monday at Chieftain Park.
Tonganoxie kept the game close for the first 40 minutes. Hancock's first goal in the 21st minute was the only score during the opening stanza as LHS led 1-0 at halftime.
Lansing drilled Tonganoxie, 10-0, on Sept. 4, so to be within a goal at halftime showed progress. The Sept. 4 game at Lansing was called early because of the mercy rule.
No mercy rule went into effect Monday night, but Lansing controlled the game, particularly in the second half.
With 28:10 remaining in the game, Hall gave Lansing a 2-0 lead with a memorable goal. With the ball close to Tonganoxie's goal, THS junior Austin Smith tried to clear the ball away from the net. Smith misjudged the kick and the ball sailed in the air. Hall sprinted toward the ball and timed its descent perfectly in time to rip a header into the back of the net.
The Lions sealed the victory a minute later when the officials gave THS senior Erick Lowe a yellow card for pushing a Lansing player in the box. Hall capitalized on the penalty kick and blasted the shot into the left side of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Hancock buried two more goals before the final whistle.
Lansing snapped a five-game losing skid and improved to 4-7. The Lions next play at 6 p.m. today against Basehor-Linwood at Lansing Middle School.
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