Tonganoxie ‘making progress’ despite tough slate
Ken Lott is still searching for his team's first win of the season.
If only the Chieftains could grab a goal here or there.
Tonganoxie dropped to 0-5 on the season after losing a heartbreaker to Perry-Lecompton, 1-0, on Thursday in Perry.
The Chieftains and Kaws were scoreless after a half, but a Kaw goal in the second half kept THS winless.
"I think basically we had a lapse," Lott said. "We didn't play as well, didn't play as a team like we did against Lansing.
"I think we were tired. We were there physically, just not mentally."
Tonganoxie has been outscored 25-1 in its first five games, but the Chieftains have made strides. After allowing eight goals against Mill Valley and nine against Bonner Springs, THS allowed four goals against Basehor-Linwood, three against Lansing and now only one against Perry-Lecompton.
For Lott, though, those games aren't important.
"Just take one game at a time here on out and not worry about what we've done," Lott said. "We've had some opportunities. We can't seem to finish or put the ball in the net.
"And a lot of times, it's a matter of not controlling our passes and getting an
offensive opportunity like we should."
Lott also said that with many freshmen playing varsity, the team is battling inexperience as well.
Tonganoxie played Kansas City Turner on Tuesday in Tonganoxie and will be on the road for three straight matches -- Thursday at Piper, Monday at Mill Valley and next Tuesday at Eudora.
For results from Tuesday's game against Turner, log on to www.tonganoxiemirror.com.
Lansing 3, Tonganoxie 0
Lansing didn't allow a Tonganoxie shot on goal in the first half of last week's game at Chieftain Park, but then the visiting Lions didn't have any goals to its credit at halftime either.
LHS had 42 shots on goal, but only landed three in the net. However, Tonganoxie couldn't muster any offense itself and fell to the Lions.
"I think we are making progress," Lott said after the Lansing game. "I think this is the first game our guys showed up and played as a team. I'm ready to be on a run. I think the kids are too."