THS boys soccer opens season with tie
A quick score right out of the gate in the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team’s season opener wasn’t enough for a victory, but the team’s defense made sure the Chieftains didn’t begin 2011 with a loss.
THS had to settle for a 1-1 tie Friday at home against Baldwin after the Bulldogs scored on a penalty kick in the second half.
Tonganoxie (0-0-1) took a very early 1-0 lead in just the second minute of play when junior Matt Saathoff fired a free kick into the top right corner of the goal from roughly 35 yards out.
The long shot proved to be the only one the home team could sneak past BHS junior goalkeeper Mason Bandre’, though, as the Chieftains played the next 78 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods without a score.
Baldwin (0-0-1) tied the match at 1-1 in the 56th minute on a penalty kick by senior Louis Joslyn. He had perfect placement on his PK, sending it high on the right side, out of THS goalkeeper Keaton Truesdell’s reach.
The penalty came when Tonganoxie senior Joseph Parrino was called for a foul in the box after kicking a BHS attacker in the shin and missing the ball completely.
Like his counterpart Bandre’, Truesdell proved tough in goal. The junior had three second half saves before stopping another shot in the first overtime period and turning away three more BHS chances in the second overtime — including two in the final 30 seconds, the first of which he pulled off by knocking the ball away as he dove to his right.
Although Tonganoxie had to play most of the match without starter Conner Kietzmann (who hurt his left knee in the seventh minute) and most of the second half and overtime without Saathoff (who battled cramps in his calves), the Chieftains had a few chances to win late in the match.
In the 76th minute, Evan Stilgenbauer took a shot from the top of the box and it was saved by a diving Bandre’. Two minutes later, forward John Lean weaved through BHS defenders only to have his shot stopped by Bandre’.
THS had more quality looks in overtime. In the 84th minute, with a defender on his hip, Lean put a shot wide right.
Later on, in the second overtime period, Tonganoxie had three more scoring opportunities. Just a minute in to double overtime, Lean took a shot with his left foot that trickled past the Baldwin keeper but ended up wide to the right. In the 94th minute, Bandre’ flung himself to his left to just barely deflect another shot by Lean. Finally, in the 96th minute, Parrino put a shot off the left post from point-blank range on the left side of the box.
The Chieftains have another home match at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when they play host to Bonner Springs.