Chieftains miss absent soccer mates
With an undermanned roster, the Tonganoxie High girls soccer team fell, 4-0, to visiting Kansas City Christian on Thursday night at Chieftain Park.
Chieftains coach Ken Lott said the team had scoring chances by breaking through the KCC defense in both halves but lacked numbers in the box.
The absence of regular THS contributors didn’t help either.
“I believe KC Christian can, and could have been, defeated if some of our key players were able to contribute,” Lott said, noting that Carlea Richert, Lauren Williams and Nicole Gersbeck all missed the match. “However, the effort from the substitutes was better than expected.”
The coach praised Sarah Williams, Danielle Lott, Kelsey Rodell, Ashley Forbis, Grae Wilbanks, Mallory Wetta, Erika Flores and Haley Wheeler for stepping up.
“If we continue to get this kind of play from the substitutes, our game should start to click on all cylinders by the time we get to regionals,” Lott said.
THS (4-7) ended a seven-game, 11-day stretch with the loss to KCC, going 3-4 in that span.
“The coaches and I decided to give the girls a day off on Friday to rest and get things in focus and in the correct perspective going into the last five games of the regular season,” Lott said.
A Monday game at Spring Hill was postponed because of wet field conditions. The Chieftains are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Maranatha Academy in Shawnee.