THS girls soccer season ends
Coach looking forward to next year
Between fatigue and wind gusts, Tonganoxie High’s girls soccer players couldn’t muster a goal and their season came to an end Monday in the first round of regional play with a 2-0 loss at Bonner Springs.
Chieftains coach Ken Lott said the team had several chances to score but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“We looked tired before the game,” Lott said, “and the coaches tried to get the girls fired up, and at times we looked good, but our touches were off and everything was going long with the wind and short against the wind.”
According to Lott, THS (6-10) might have lacked the focus it takes to win a postseason match.
“Bonner played well and deserved to win,” he said. “However, in my opinion, we just didn't give them our best effort.”
Despite a losing record, Lott said there were positives to take away from this season.
“The fact we got to see a lot of players off the bench and get a better feel for where those players might fit next year (was good),” he said.
Losing seniors Addy Phelps, Colby Bennett, Mallory Wetta and Jordan Gagne (who missed the entire season with a knee injury) will hurt, but Lott said he expects the returning players to improve greatly this summer. The coach said THS will send players to camps, training academies, leagues and tournaments in the offseason that will help improve their skill sets and decision making.
Lott said he and his staff also want the players to participate in indoor — or futsal — leagues and are encouraging them to join club teams.
“Next year could be a breakthrough year,” Lott said. “If we can get all the girls to work hard in the offseason, anything is possible for next year.”