THS soccer team rallies against IHS
Chieftain soccer is on a roll.
Tonganoxie went unbeaten for the sixth straight game Monday when THS defeated Immaculata, 3-2 in overtime in Leavenworth.
The Raiders led 1-0 at halftime and 2-0 early in the second half, but two Travis Schultz goals in the last 20 minutes forced overtime on the soggy turf.
Just two minutes into the extra stanza, senior Travis Andrews took a pass from Jeff Gravatt and scored the game-winning goal. Gravatt, a junior varsity regular, helped the varsity with a key assist on a rainy night in Leavenworth.
After starting the season 2-4, the Chieftains have charged toward playoffs with a 7-4-1 record.
"I don't think they ever gave up, that was the biggest thing," THS coach Luke Denney said. "It was just frustrating.
"We're fast and quick and when you can't get your footing, you can't play your game."
Tonganoxie had its chances to go ahead late in the second half, but the Raiders denied the Chieftains' shots. Then Immaculata had its last opportunity. But senior goalie Luke Brown wouldn't allow for any Raider celebrations.
"Luke Brown had a great save with a one-on-one with probably a minute left before overtime," Denney said. "He had a good game."
Tonganoxie dropped an Immaculata team that was ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 4-1A state rankings. In that list, released Oct. 5, four of the top five were private schools -- Shawnee-Maranatha Academy (No. 1), Topeka-Hayden (No. 3), Immaculata and Hutchinson-Trinity (No. 5). Andover was rated No. 2.
THS will play a make-up game today against Mill Valley. MVHS, ranked No. 5 in 5A, dropped Tonganoxie in the season opener and currently leads the KVL at 10-1 overall.
The Jags' only loss came in a 1-0 shutout defeat to Immacualta. THS then plays at home again Thursday against De Soto.
Tonganoxie 3, Piper 1
Red and yellow flags were flying Wednesday in Tonganoxie, but they weren't being used at a THS pep rally.
Playing at Chieftain Park against Piper, the Tonganoxie soccer team endured three red cards issued to players and a yellow card to Denney.
"It was physical, but it was hard-fought," Denney said. "I didn't think anyone was coming off the top ropes or anything."
WWF it was not, but both teams had their share of infractions.
Tonganoxie, though, overcame the penalties and charged to a 3-1 victory, its fourth straight. The Chieftains improved to 6-4-1 with the win.
"Piper's got a good team," Denney said. "They definitely played hard."
The teams almost were dead-even in shots -- Tonganoxie had 11, while Piper had 10. Each team also had 10 saves.
But it was Tonganoxie that held on to a 2-0 first-half lead for another Kaw Valley League win.
Kirk Rodell scored first for the Chieftains 7:46 into the game, while Travis Andrews scored at the 37:20 mark.
The Pirates scored 14:22 into the second half, but Chris Colon sealed the game on an assist from Rodell with 25:26 left.
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