Chieftains soccer loses to Turner
Although the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team ended up on the wrong end of a three-goal loss Tuesday, the team’s coach wasn’t proclaiming gloom and doom.
The Chieftains lost a home match to Turner, 4-1, but coach Brian Kroll didn’t give his team a failing grade.
“Overall, not terrible,” was his assessment. “Some other kids are starting to step up instead of the same old same.”
THS (1-4) did net its only goal courtesy of a regular leading performer, though. Down 1-0 in the first half, junior captain Matt Briggs, who was positioned up top (to “pick up the trash,” Kroll said) on a corner kick from Conner Kietzmann, put the ball in the corner of the goal to tie things up.
“Matt Briggs was insane as usual,” the coach said.
But the captain wasn’t the only Chieftain to garner praise. Kroll said, despite the loss, there were positive signs.
“A lot of players that haven’t really done what I’ve expected them to do as of yet were starting to get in the right direction,” he said. “They’re showing glimpses of doing the right thing.”
Although goalkeeper Keaton Truesdell stood out with a number of stops and defenders Marcus Titterington and Zach Tallent had impressive moments, the coach was very happy to see Tyler Bartholomew play at a higher level. He said Bartholomew, who got hurt in the first half but returned early in the second, was playing with more confidence.
“He’s finally starting to step up and be the Tyler that I remember,” Kroll said, calling the midfielder’s second-half play “the best half of soccer I think he’s ever played.”
Tonganoxie trailed 2-1 at halftime before Turner put in two more scores in the final 40 minutes.
“We’re getting there slowly, but we’re getting there,” Kroll said, adding that the players just need to stop falling back into their old, bad habits.
THS is back on the pitch at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a road match at Piper, in Kansas City, Kan. The Chieftains then have a 10 a.m. date Saturday at Eudora before they return home for a 4 p.m. Monday home match against Mill Valley.
A match at Basehor-Linwood that was rained out and postponed on Sept. 2 will now take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Basehor.