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THS snags first win with 1-0 victory

October 18, 2006

Tonganoxie High is in the win column.

The THS soccer team shut out Bishop Ward on Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., securing the Chieftains' first victory of the season.

Tonganoxie won, 1-0, thanks to a Jamison Bloomer goal in the second half. The Chieftain defense also was much-improved, according to THS coach Ken Lott.

"I would say that we played a lot of defense and we played quite a bit of offense," Lott said. "It allowed us to play more offense than we would normally play."

Lott credited Erick Lowe with being a defensive strength for Tonganoxie.

"I would call him the defensive player of the game," Lott said. "He kept us in the game and probably kept us alive. I thought it was one of his best games of the season."

After coming close to victory several times in recent games, the Chieftains held off the Cyclones for the road victory.

Lott said his squad was an exuberant bunch after the game.

"I think the guys were really excited, because the team we beat, Bishop Ward, has beaten Imac twice this season," Lott said. Tonganoxie lost earlier last week to Immaculata. "They were calling everybody they knew, calling that they won."

Tonganoxie improved to 1-13-1 after the game and finished the regular season Tuesday against Bonner Springs in a make-up game from earlier in the season.

On Saturday, Tonganoxie will learn when and where they will play in postseason play. Lott will attend a seeding meeting in Olathe for the pairings.

The win against Bishop-Ward encouraged Lott with the playoffs starting

"I'm hoping that kind of gives an edge on whoever we play in regionals just to know we're better than we think we are and better than most people probably give us credit for at this point," Lott said. "So we're one of those underdogs that basically would be not expected to win and may have a good chance of winning the first game or the second game."

Regionals begin next week. For more on Tuesday's regular-season finale against Bonner Springs at Chieftain Park and Saturday's regional pairings from Olathe, log on to The Mirror's Web site, www.tonganoxiemirror.com.

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