Soccer’s senior send-off
It’s hard to script a much better final regular-season home match for this year’s Tonganoxie High boys soccer seniors.
THS defeated Immaculata, 10-0, on Thursday at Chieftain Park.
The Chieftain Senior Night match ended with 32 minutes left in the second half. Seniors Noah Arthaud, Sonny Mangelsdorf, Spencer Finkbiner, Dawson Jones, Tyler Novotney and Alex Kroll and their parents stood at midfield alongside teachers that have been role models to the six seniors during a halftime ceremony. THS scored eight minutes into the second half for the 10-goal lead, which initiated the mercy rule.
The victory pushed Tonganoxie to 12-4 on the season.
Coach Brian Kroll said it was just what his team needed headed into the playoffs.
“They looked really good,” coach Kroll said following Thursday’s game.
Mangelsdorf scored the first goal with 31:44 left in the first half. At the 29:45 mark, Logan Williams scored on a Jay Willcutt assist and then Jones scored about 80 seconds later (28:23) to make it a 3-0 lead.
The flood gates then opened for the Chieftains, as THS scored three goals in 75 seconds. At the 24:35 mark, Novotney assisted Williams for a goal and 50 seconds later, Williams completed the hat trick with a third goal at the 23:45 mark. Jones scored again on a Williams assist 35 seconds later (23:10).
Aiden McClellan got into the act at the 14:35 mark with a goal that made the score 7-0.
Gad Huseman scored another goal with 2:56 left before half for the 8-0 lead.
Willcutt scored on a Novotney assist with 37:55 left in the second half before Novotney scored a goal of his own for the tenth goal at the 32-minute mark.
Brian Kroll said his team showed signs of its early season dominance against the Raiders and moved the ball around well.
“The movement was much better,” Kroll said. “They got more creative tonight than they have been for awhile.”
Tonganoxie is the No. 5 seed in the 16-team Class 4-1A northeast regional. The Chieftains opened the regional with a match Tuesday night against Kansas City Christian (7-7-2). The match took place after The Mirror’s deadline, but more about the match can be found online at tonganoxiemirror.com and on The Mirror’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The winner of that match plays No. 2 Maur Hill Mount Academy (12-2-1) or No. 11 Heritage Christian of Olathe (5-12), as those squads also squared off Tuesday. That clash likely will start at 4 p.m. Thursday in Atchison.