THS soccer team secures fifth-place regional berth
After two wins last week, Tonganoxie`s high school soccer team finished the regular season 9-6-1.
That record was good enough to earn the Cheiftains fifth place out of 12 schools in the east region and a first-round home game against Sumner Tuesday in the 4A state-qualifying tournament.
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In its first game last week, on Oct. 17, Tonganoxie faced Mill Valley, a team that had beaten the Chieftains 7-0 on Sept. 21.
But it was senior night and Tonganoxie`s final home game of the season, and the Chieftains came out playing hard.
"I was really impressed because it was senior night and we had some starters who don`t usually start -- and they did a tremendous job," said Coach Harold Pittman. "It was pretty exciting."
Tonganoxie got on the board first when senior forward Mike Andrews scored a goal off senior forward Rodney Lobb`s assist 20 minutes into the game.
Mill Valley put one in 11 minutes later.
Both teams` defenses clamped down until the end of the game, when senior midfielder Mark Gepner claimed the 2-1 victory for Tonganoxie with a penalty kick.
In the team`s second game last week, on Thursday, the Chieftains matched up with Immaculata.
And it immediately looked to be a defensive battle.
But neither team could find an answer for the other`s defense, and the game remained scoreless at the break.
The Chieftains found some answers during halftime. The team scored two goals after the half, winning the team`s final game of the season 2-0.
Lobb was instrumental in both goals. He scored the team`s first goal on a solo shot and then fed junior Kevin Colon for the second score.
Pittman said his team`s defense, which has been tough all season, played even better during the undefeated week.
The team, he said, was healthy and ready for the post season.