THS soccer drops soggy home match
Monday night at Chieftain Park was cold, rainy, soggy -- and generally sloppy.
The weather was a tad miserable. Unfortunately for Tonganoxie, the visitors from Immaculata were not.
The soccer teams were scoreless for much of the first half, but a Raider goal made the score 1-0. In less than a minute, Tonganoxie was called for a foul in the box and Immaculata was awarded a penalty kick. The Raiders converted and quickly the score increased to 2-0.
Another goal minutes later again put the Chieftains in a big hole at the half, a trend the Chieftains have faced in recent games.
"We've had a string lately of just getting pounded," THS coach Luke Denney said. "Giving up eight goals, 10 goals is just not healthy."
On Monday, THS surrendered five more goals in the second in an 8-2 defeat.
The Chieftains competed with the Raiders through much of the first half, but that first goal was a measly puddle that quickly turned into Lake Michigan.
Tonganoxie did have two strong goals in the second half. Brad Willis made an assist on a free kick that sailed perfectly through a three-man Immaculata wall and to Travis Schultz who put in the Chieftains' first goal.
Willis then scored a goal on an assist from Kirk Rodell for Tonganoxie's second goal of the evening.
The loss dropped Tonganoxie to 4-9-1 on the season.
THS also lost make-up games to Mill Valley last Wednesday by a 6-0 score and Saturday to in a 4-3 defeat. The Immaculata loss was Tonganoxie's fourth straight, but losses in the streak came against some of the better teams in the KVL.
Against Piper, Tonganoxie fell behind 3-0 in the first half. A loud half-time lecture from Denney woke up the Chieftains in the second half. Tonganoxie tied the game 3-3, but Piper scored a late goal and handed THS a 4-3 heartbreaker.
Denney again was vocal during halftime of the Immaculata game. The Raiders, however, stretched the score to 7-0 before the Chieftains scored their first goal.
Tonganoxie finishes the regular season with a road game Thursday against Bishop-Ward and a home finale Tuesday against Eudora. Tuesday's game also is Senior Night. The junior varsity begins at 4:30 p.m.; varsity begins at 6 p.m.