Firebirds ablaze against Chieftains
With a red-hot start, Free State lived up to its nickname Monday in Tonganoxie.
The Firebirds from Lawrence wasted little time in a non-league game against the Chieftains. With a penalty kick just more than two minutes into the game, Free State's Joel Angelone connected past THS goalie Luke Brown and the Firebirds had the lead, 1-0.
About four minutes later, Drew Becker earned a goal and FSHS had a 2-0 lead.
But it was Angelone who would steal the show. He made another shot at the 13:20 mark of the first half and then finished with a hat trick. Angelone notched his third goal with another score at the 23:35 mark of the second half.
The 4-0 victory gave Free State its second win of the season, while THS dropped to 2-4. The Firebirds improved to 2-0-2 after posting consecutive stalemates last week -- a 0-0 tie against Lawrence High on Sept. 9 and a 2-2 decision Saturday against Hayden.
Tonganoxie, meanwhile, dropped its second consecutive game after winning two straight. The Chieftains bested arch-rival Lansing, 2-0, on Sept. 8 before losing to Perry-Lecompton, 1-0, Thursday in Tonganoxie. The Kaws scored at about the 15-minute mark of the second half and also had 15 saves in the contest.
Although Monday's game got off to a rocky start, the Chieftains settled down and played a better second half. THS outshot Free State, 4-2, after the Firebirds held a commanding 10-2 advantage in the first half. Luke Brown had eight saves Monday, while Free State had six.
Now the Chieftains will look to get back to .500 with games Thursday and Monday against Piper and Mill Valley. This will be Tonganoxie's first meeting with the Pirates this season, while THS played Mill Valley in the season opener in Shawnee. The Jaguars won that game, 2-0.