Soccer season ends at Kansas City field
Tonganoxie's 4A soccer regional against Kansas City-Christian last Thursday was played on a small field sandwiched between a large hill and a wooded area in Kansas City, Kan.
The Panthers spent much of the game on the Chieftains' side of the field.
No. 2 seeded KC-Christian (15-1) had 27 shots on goal and won 5-1, knocking Tonganoxie (8-9-1) out of the playoffs. Mark Tatsch scored first for the Panthers in the 10th minute of the first half. Jeremy Chugg added another goal a minute later and KCCHS had a 2-0 lead at halftime.
"They're a good team," THS coach Harold Pittman said. "They have a great air game."
Tonganoxie, though, climbed back into the game with a Pat Weyer goal in the tenth minute of the second half.
Although the Chieftains had two shots on goal in the second half and one in the first, the game seemed to be swaying in Tonganoxie's favor with the goal.
But KC-Christian didn't let the momentum build for long, as Tatsch scored another goal minutes later, and the Panthers again had a two-goal lead.
Justin Krob added another goal in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick and the Panthers finished with their last goal in the closing minutes for the victory.
Pittman said his team competed hard despite the four-goal loss.
"I am real proud of our athletes," Pittman said. "They played to the end."
The game had its share of physical play, as three yellow cards were issued. Two were charged to the Panthers.
Senior Matt Tate finished the game with 14 saves, while KCCHS had one.
Tonganoxie's six seniors Tate, Dustin Schultz, Pat Weyer, Brad Bray, Chris Laurent and Kevin Colon played in their final game Thursday.
Tonganoxie 1, Maur Hill 0
As Van Halen's "Jump" blared from the speakers on the scoreboard at Chieftain Park on Oct. 23, Tonganoxie soccer players were warming up for their first-round regional game.
The team must have been listening.
Playing against 10th-seeded Maur Hill, No. 7 Tonganoxie held the Atchison school scoreless, thanks in part to a leaping save by senior goalie Matt Tate in the first half. Tate went straight up for the grab, while senior defender Dustin Schultz dived for a ball in the second half that would have gone in the goal.
"Matt had trouble," Schultz said of Tate. "I dove. I had to get it out right before he got the goal."
The saves helped the Chieftains preserve a 1-0 game and advance to the regional finals against Kansas City-Christian.
Sophomore Travis Andrews' unassisted goal in the 25th minute of the first half was all Tonganoxie (8-8-1) needed Tuesday, although the Chieftains had a scare late in the game.
In the 35th minute of the second half, the Junior Ravens (5-11-0) celebrated an apparent goal, but they were called for an offsides. THS held on in the final minutes for the win.
Against Maur Hill, Tonganoxie had 22 shots on the goal, 12 in the second half. The Junior Ravens had 13 on the game, including 10 in the second half. Tate had 10 saves; Maur Hill's Tim Becker had 12. The Chieftains had five corner kicks, compared to Maur Hill's two.