Soccer team scores wins, loss
It was an up and down week for the Tonganoxie varsity soccer team.
The Chieftains played on both ends of a shutout, losing to Lansing and defeating Immaculata.
The Chieftains also played Silver Lake.
Vs. Silver Lake
Chris Ruff had a hat trick in Tonganoxie's 8-3 win Monday night at Silver Lake, a team that is in its second year of competition.
"They're not playing varsity," Harold Pittman, Tonganoxie soccer coach said. "I think they call it a club sport."
Rodney Lobb and Scott Brewer both had multiple assists.
Despite strong defense, Tonganoxie lost at Lansing 2-0 last week.
Pittman said Lansing's first goal was a thing of beauty. A Lansing forward pulled two Tonganoxie defenders to the corner, and another player blasted his cross into the net.
Dave Gepner, Tonganoxie goal keeper, never had a chance at the shot.
The second goal came off a penalty kick.
Players kept disappearing from the Tonganoxie lineup, but offense made up the slack.
A 0-0 halftime score turned into a 3-0 Chieftain victory against Immaculata at Beatty Field.
Tonganoxie played more aggressively in a physical second half.
"We had a little trouble with going to the ball in the first half," Pittman said.
Kyle Rodell had the Chieftains best scoring opportunity early in the second half when the Raiders fouled Dustin Schultz in the penalty box. But Rodell missed the penalty kick to the left.
It didn't matter.
At 22:34 in the second half, Noah Sneed controlled a ball the Immaculata goal keeper couldn't field and knocked a shot in past a defender and off the left post.
The Raiders had a chance to even the score, but a penalty kick at 17:30 went wide.
Sneed scored again, shooting from left of the goal into the back of the net with about seven minutes to play. Some nice passing, including directed headers, set Sneed up.
"I'd like to see that all 80 minutes," Pittman said.
Lobb completed the scoring, giving Tonganoxie a 3-0 lead with 3:14 left in the game.
A short bench got even shorter during the game.
Pittman had suspended two varsity and one junior varsity player from one week of practice and two weeks of competition for a hazing incident at practice Sept. 10.
Marcy Dodge, senior midfielder, suited up and played a few minutes in the first half.
She, however, was in warmups as the second half started, not playing because of a sprained ankle.
The Chieftains lost Pat Weyer, sophomore midfielder, for the season.
He had to be carried off the field with a broken leg.
Pittman said he was proud of how the team competed with so many players missing.
Junior varsity notes
The junior varsity lost 3-1 against Immaculata.
The junior varsity lost 1-0 at Lansing.
The junior varsity plays at 4:30 p.m Thursday at DeSoto. The varsity plays 6 p.m.
The junior varsity plays Kansas City Ward at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Beatty Field. The varsity plays at 6 p.m.
The junior varsity plays Lansing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beatty Field. The varsity plays at 6 p.m.