Soccer team plays to a tie at Perry
Different location, same result.
Because Perry-Lecompton's soccer field is undergoing renovations, Thursday's PLHS-Tonganoxie game was moved to the Perry Middle School field.
Last year, the teams played to a draw.
Last week, the Kaw Valley League contest again ended in a tie.
Perry jumped out in the first half, but Tonganoxie came back in the second half as the teams eventually had to settle for a 2-2 tie.
THS had 24 shots on goal compared to Perry's 17, but the Chieftains couldn't get past Perry-Lecompton goalie Willie Maderos-Trester just one more time.
"That was a pretty good game," Tonganoxie coach Luke Denney said. "They never gave up. The kids were getting after it."
Perry-Lecompton lost nine seniors from last year's squad, but the Kaws do still have standout Ryan Guffey on the squad.
The senior actually had an ideal chance to put Tonganoxie away before the end of regulation. Guffey had a penalty kick against goalie David Hassinger, but Guffey couldn't connect. He did, however, receive a yellow card after the kick for spewing a few choice words of frustration.
Denney went with a two-goalie lineup against the Kaws. In the first half, senior Shane Gober was at the goal, but junior David Hassinger came in after halftime and played both overtimes.
Each goalie registered two saves.
Perry-Lecompton scored first on a direct kick after a foul. THS then answered with a Travis Schultz goal on a Brad Willis assist.
Perry again led after Nick Richter scored on a Jonathan Mathews assist.
But Chris Colon would score the final goal. The senior took an assist from junior Shawn Everhart and tied the game.
Tonganoxie went back to its new 4-3-3 alignment against Perry-Lecompton. Earlier in the week Denney switched back to the 4-4-2 because three starters -- Chris Colon, Shane Gober and Brad Willis -- had to sit out a game for disciplinary reasons.
Denney said the team appears to be getting into a rhythm with the new alignment, but the team needs some fine-tuning.
"Our midfielders either are too far up or too far back," Denney said. "We can't find a happy median."
Tonganoxie (1-2-1) travels Thursday to Piper. Junior varsity starts at 4:30 p.m., while varsity plays at 6 p.m.
The Chieftains will have three games in four days next week. THS travels Monday to Mill Valley, Tuesday to Eudora and will be at home Thursday against Bonner Springs.
Lansing 4, Tonganoxie 2
The Chieftains couldn't get much going against the Lions on Sept. 7 in Tonganoxie.
"It was hard for us to get anything started," Denney said. "Lansing did what they needed to do."
The Chieftains will get a rematch Oct. 4 in Lansing.