Soccer coach snags first win at THS
The Tonganoxie High soccer team is in the win column.
The Chieftains needed to play into overtime, but they erased a 2-0 deficit against Perry-Lecompton on Thursday at home and won, 3-2, on a Derek O'Brien goal in the first overtime.
O'Brien and Alex Nowasell each scored in the second half, forcing the game into overtime.
"They were pretty happy, I'll tell you that," THS coach Kenneth Lott said. "Excited, happy, all in one emotion."
The win moved Tonganoxie's record to 1-3 and gave Lott his first win as a head coach.
And like any coach, Lott was happy to have a victory, but still saw room for improvement.
"We're still lacking on the completeness," Lott said. "We probably played the last 20 minutes pretty hard and the last eight minutes in overtime."
At the same time, Lott acknowledged his team's desire throughout the game.
"They were frustrated the first half, but they never really gave up," Lott said.
Although Tonganoxie trailed, 2-0, at the half, it wasn't the first time the team has trailed at intermission. In some previous games, the Chieftains fought back in the second half, but couldn't rally in the end.
Thursday provided a different story for the Chieftains.
"We're the comeback team for some reason," Lott said.
The team played against Lansing on Sept. 6 in Lansing. The Lions didn't allow the Chieftains a goal in their first meeting of the season. Lansing won the contest, 10-0.
"Our guys didn't show up, mentally, on the field," Lott said. "They showed up physically, but not mentally."
Tonganoxie was scheduled to play Turner on Tuesday, weather permitting, in Kansas City and will play Piper on Thursday at home.
Lott continues to see new opponents, but said he didn't need much of a scouting report when it comes to upcoming foes.
"I think my main concern is for us to play a complete game," Lott said. "It doesn't really matter what the other team looks like."