Tonganoxie soccer forges tie with Eudora squad
The Tonganoxie High School soccer team is scoring goals.
Last week, Zach Mayse and Jamison Bloomer each scored a goal against Eudora, in a game that ended in a 2-2 tie. And Monday, Mayse scored again in a 2-1 loss to Perry-Lecompton at home.
Before those two games, Alex Nowasell claimed the Chieftains' lone net, but THS now is finding the goal more often, while allowing fewer goals by opponents as well.
Against Perry-Lecompton, the Kaws scored first with a goal in the first half, but the Chieftains responded with Mayse's goal with 18 minutes left in the game. PLHS, though, scored again with 14 minutes left and held on for the victory.
Perry-Lecompton had roughly five shots on goal, which was a plus for Tonganoxie.
"We actually controlled the game 60 percent, 70 percent of the time, we just couldn't make our opportunities count," THS coach Ken Lott said.
THS senior Jake Poterbin said last week that the team literally was inches away from its first win of the season against Eudora, but the ball hit the bar and bounced away.
"We should have got them," Poterbin said. "We're getting close to winning, that's for sure. I feel like it's going in the right direction."
Lott also said the Chieftains are making strides.
"We're playing better in some aspects, but we're still lacking on the basic skills that we need to have that we work on, on a regular basis," Lott said.
Defensively, Erick Lowe has provided a spark for the Chieftains as goalkeeper. He's recorded about 150 saves so far this season.
"I think it's important, especially with our lack of defensive abilities it seems at this point that the goalie can help us a little bit by saving the balls from going in."
Now 0-9-1 on the year, THS will play about 6 p.m. today at Chieftain Park against Basehor-Linwood.
The team will play again Monday at Lansing.
Now that the Chieftains are scoring more goals and have a tie to their credit, Poterbin is looking forward to some marks in the win column.
"We're almost getting a taste of it," Poterbin said.