KC Christian dashes THS playoff hopes
Tonganoxie was hoping to be the Bucknell of high school soccer Monday in Kansas City, Kan.
Bucknell was the No. 14 seed that defeated No. 3 Kansas in the NCAA basketball tournament last March.
Tonganoxie soccer players don't necessarily have anything against the Jayhawks, but Tonganoxie, like Bucknell, was a No. 14 seed in the state soccer playoffs Monday in Kansas City, Kan.
The Chieftains played at No. 3 Kansas City Christian --like KU, a perennial power in its sport.
On Monday, Tonganoxie didn't have any upset magic.
Kansas City Christian scored early against THS and advanced in the northeast region of the Class 4-3-2-1A playoffs with a 9-0 victory.
The Chieftains held their own in the second half, limiting the Panthers to two goals, but Tonganoxie just couldn't keep up with KC Christian, which improved to 10-4-3 on the season.
"You could tell that they had skills beyond our reach at the time," THS coach Kenneth Lott said. "They looked like they'd been playing for a while.
"We look at being able to compete with them next year."
KC Christian will meet the winner of the Immaculata-Hayden game in the next round. Immaculata is the No. 6 seed, while Hayden drew the No. 11 seed.
As for Tonganoxie, the Chieftains ended their season at 5-12 in Lott's first season as the THS coach.
Lott said the team has some aspects to work on in the off-season.
"It's kind of a rude awakening just because of the fact we're gong to have to work on some things that are basic," Lott said about his first season with the Chieftains.
Lott would like his players to participate in 6-on-6 leagues in the off-season. He also hopes to enter teams in indoor leagues that would be available in Kansas City, Topeka or Lawrence.
In addition, Lott wants to work with the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission in teaching soccer at younger levels.
"I may end up going to talk to the local recreation soccer and get them to take my advice on some of the things they should be teaching kids at the U8, U10 and U12 level, which would help me out tremendously," Lott said.