Soccer team sweeps two for combined 18
After a week in which the Tonganoxie High School soccer team outscored its opponents 18-0 in two games at home, Coach Harold Pittman said his team's transition game and team play are getting closer to where he wants them to be.
"I feel like last week we really stepped things up," he said. "In Tuesday's game especially, we really played like a team."
The Chieftains beat first-year program Basehor-Linwood 10-0 Sept. 5 and Perry-Lecompton 8-0 last Thursday.
In those two games, the Chieftains had three seniors each score hat tricks.
Against Basehor-Linwood, forward Rodney Lobb punched in three goals. Midfieldman Scott Breuer found the net four times, once off one of Lobb's two assists.
Also scoring goals for the Chieftains in that game were senior forward Chris Ruff, senior defender Bryce Cooper and freshman forward Travis Andrews.
Andrews scored the game's first goal off another assist from Lobb.
But Pittman said that while Andrews' goal-scoring was helpful, that it's the freshman's ability as a playmaker that had set him apart.
Andrews was an integral part of the offense in the team's Thursday win against Perry-Lecompton.
"Andrews had a really good game," Pittman said. "He didn't have all the assists, but he did a good job setting up plays. He is a very unselfish player, and I like to see that."
On Thursday, Andrews was part of an offense that looked unstoppable at times.
Ryan Lowe reaped the benefits of the solid team play when he scored his three goals against Perry-Lecompton.
Junior forward Kevin Colon had two goals in the game, the first of which was off an assist from senior midfieldman Mark Gepner.
Gepner's other assist went to Breuer, who added two more goals, bringing his week's total to six.
Breuer also assisted Ruff in scoring the game's opening goal. Ruff had two on the week.
Pittman said that any confidence gained last week would be needed this week when it plays two games in three days.
It would have been three games in four days, but the team's game Monday at Ottawa was cancelled due to heat. It played at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Lansing.
It plays its last game of the week at 6 p.m. Thursday at Chieftain Field.