Archive for Wednesday, October 5, 2005

THS hangs with Lansing in Kaw Valley rematch

October 5, 2005

The Tonganoxie soccer team is making strides.

Earlier this season, the Chieftains dropped a 10-0 decision to state-ranked Lansing.

On Monday, Tonganoxie again faced Lansing and had the Lions in their sights at halftime. LHS held a slim 2-0 lead at the intermission. Early in the second half, though, Lansing put the game out of reach. Brad Mock scored for the Lions seven minutes into the second half. About five minutes later, Mike Bayless scored for the Lions. And with more than 25 minutes left in the game, Ty Thackston scored Lansing's final goal for a 5-0 victory. Andy Dick scored the Lions' first goal 13 minutes into the game before Mock made the score 2-0 with about 11 minutes left in the first half.

THS coach Kenneth Lott said his team needed to duplicate the first-half effort in the second half.

"Our problem is that we're not consistent enough to play that way for two halves," Lott said.

On the plus side, THS improved from that first meeting against the Lions, who have one of the top teams in the league and the state.

"You kind of take what you can get sometimes," Lott said. "You always want to improve.

"I don't know what their rank is and I don't care. We just have to get better."

Lansing actually was ranked No. 1 last week in Class 4-3-2-1A, but that will change. The Lions, because of the state's new classifications, will compete in 5A this postseason.

Last week, THS fell to Basehor-Linwood, 2-1, and Mill Valley, 4-0. With the losses, the Chieftains fell to 3-9 on the season. THS will play at 4 p.m. today in Baldwin.

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