Archive for Thursday, September 24, 2009

Offense eludes Bonner Springs in 1-0 soccer loss to Lansing

September 24, 2009

Bonner Springs fought all night long to get on the scoreboard, with its best chances coming in the final five minutes of the game Monday evening against rival Lansing.

In the end, the Braves were unable to convert and they dropped a 1-0 decision at David Jaynes Stadium.

Bonner Springs dominated the first 10 minutes of the first half and the last 10 minutes of the game. The Braves passed well and attacked the Lions, but Lansing controlled the middle part of the game and took advantage of one big foul by the Braves.

“I thought at the beginning of the game we just ran the ball ragged, pushed outside — doing what we were wanting to,” coach Mike Moulin said. “We are a young team and we need to learn to make runs early and take advantage of them.”

A Lion was tripped just outside of the penalty box when he was making a run at a goal with 3:21 remaining in the first half. The official placed the free kick at the top of the box and senior Gage Thackston lined up for the restart. Right when the ball was set he kicked it low with a toe-poke through a line of BSHS defenders, past goalkeeper Brett Steuart and into the back of the net for the only goal of the evening.

Before that, Lansing had very few opportunities to score against the stingy Braves defense. Steuart had a couple of shots taken on his goal, but he got to each of them.

Lansing had two sure-goals taken away by Steuart in the first 45 seconds of the second half. The crafty goalkeeping kept the Braves in the game.

Lansing ran at a quicker pace and was faster through every transition than the Braves were. The Lions also pressured Bonner Springs every time they had possession of the ball.

“We needed quicker touches,” Moulin said. “Every time a (player) touched the ball more than twice it got taken away. We need to shield the defender with our body better and we need to get rid of the ball quicker.”

With about 10 minutes remaining in the game, Bonner Springs had its best chance to score. Senior Tyler Kelly got by a Lansing defender and crossed the ball in front of the goal, but none of his teammates were able to get a foot on the ball. Five minutes later, Kelly decided to take two shots back-to-back that were stopped by Lansing’s goalkeeper. With just under two minutes remaining, BSHS had another opportunity to even the score, but the Lions were able to pick up the defensive pressure to close out the game.

With the loss, BSHS fell to 3-3 for the season and 2-1 in the Kaw Valley League. Lansing moved to 5-0 and 2-0.

Bonner Springs next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Tonganoxie. The Braves then play Monday at Gardner-Edgerton.

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