Lions rout Chieftains, 10-0
Senior Chance Thackston and freshman Chris Rathjen each recorded hat tricks as the Lansing High boys soccer team routed Tonganoxie, 10-0, on Tuesday night at Lansing Middle School.
The mercy-rule victory was completed with 5:25 left on the clock when senior defender Drew Reynolds used a header to redirect a Rathjen corner kick into the net.
With the exception of a 30-minute rain delay midway through the first half, just about everything went perfectly for the Lions. Their defense was relatively untested, but freshman goalkeeper Josh Wepking made two nice saves just before halftime and senior Ethan Alexander fended off a few Chieftain threats late in the game. The midfield was in control at all times. Cross passes were on target for the most part.
Rathjen said the key was that the Lions were focused from the start.
"Everyone got together at the beginning and we talked and got fired up," he said. "I think that helped."
Lansing showed its focus early by peppering the Tonganoxie goal with shots. Nick Stevenson's pass to Thackston in the fourth minute led to the Lions' first goal. Junior Clayton Hall extended the lead to 2-0 13 minutes later when he weaved through the Chieftains' defense and slipped a shot past THS goalkeeper Erick Lowe. Lightning was detected in the area moments later and the game was halted. A brief thunderstorm followed, and once play resumed the Lions unleashed a storm of their own. Hall added his second goal of the game and Phillip Nelson also scored before halftime.
Rathjen scored just four minutes into the second half, Thackston netted back-to-back goals, and then Rathjen scored two more before Reynolds finished it with his header.
In all, five different players scored, and three had multiple goals. Thackston said that diversity gives the Lions confidence.
"We know that not just one person's scoring them," he said. "We have a whole variety on the team that can score, and that's good."
The victory improved Lansing's record to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the Kaw Valley League. The Lions were set to play a pivotal league contest Wednesday night against Basehor-Linwood. That game was not completed before The Current's deadline, but the result can be found at lansingcurrent.com.
Up next for LHS is a 4:30 p.m. Tuesday home contest against Maranatha Academy. The game starts early because Maranatha does not have a junior varsity squad.
MILL VALLEY TRIPS LHS
A goal scored on a penalty kick provided the winning margin as Mill Valley edged Lansing 3-2 on Thursday.
With about 13 minutes remaining in the match and the score tied, Mill Valley's Alex Linthicum made a penalty kick that proved to be the difference.
Lansing got a first-half goal from Clayton Hall that tied the game at 1-1. A second-half goal from Ben Hancock notched the score at 2-2 in the 51st minute.