Aggressive Tonganoxie High boys soccer handles Eudora, 6-2
The Tonganoxie High boys soccer team only just started its most difficult week of the season Monday with the first of four games in the five days. The hectic week couldn’t have started much better for the Chieftains.
Behind stellar passing and dominating possession, Tonganoxie cruised to a 6-2 victory against Eudora at the Chieftain Park Sports Complex.
Junior Zeb Huseman and senior captain Logan Williams led the way with two goals each. The win improved the Chieftains to 5-1, as THS now has won four consecutive matches.
“Our possession was much better,” THS coach Brian Kroll said. “We were really moving the ball. But we kind of lost our composure a little bit after we gave up a few goals.”
Early on, it was all Tonganoxie. In the first nine minutes, the Chieftains completely dominated possession and even had a few chances in the Cardinals’ box. But early on, the Chieftains weren’t able to capitalize.
“Unfortunately, when you possess the ball like that it doesn’t always end in a score,” Kroll said. “For whatever reason, we can’t seem to get past that.”
However, the Chieftains eventually made good on those opportunities. In the 31st minute, Huseman scored the first goal for Tonganoxie. In the 23rd minute, Williams converted a penalty kick that helped the Chieftains a 2-0 lead.
From there, the Chieftains passing got even better for the rest of the half. Just 18 seconds after their previous goal, junior Isaiah Frese set up sophomore Gage Sommer on a cross for their third goal of the match.
“It’s kind of been that way all season,” Kroll said of the passing. “But we haven’t
In the final 10 minutes of the half, Williams and junior Jonathan Bock exchanged goals and Tonganoxie had a 4-1 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Chieftains’ junior Bowan Jones picked up a yellow card and was promptly subbed out by Kroll in the second half. That could prove costly in a week where the Chieftains still have three more games, as one more yellow card for Jones this week will mean he will miss the remainder of that match and the next match as well.
Neither team managed to score in the first 30 minutes of the second half even though both had plenty of opportunities. But with less than 10 minutes remaining, Huseman and Gad Huseman each scored a goal and Tonganoxie was up, 6-1. Eudora scored one more goal, but ultimately Tonganoxie increased its winning streak to four.
That streak was in serious jeopardy of ending last week, but Tonganoxie was able to squeak out a 2-1 overtime victory against Piper in Kansas City, Kan. Junior goalie Chandler Caldwell had 12 saves and Frese led the Chieftains on offense with two goals.
However, the Chieftains still have three more games this week with two games from earlier in the season being rescheduled to this week.
“Hopefully rest, but I can’t control that,” Kroll said about possible extra precautions this week. “Hopefully they rest. All I can do it ask them to hydrate and hope for the best.”
THS looked to extend its winning streak Tuesday at Baldwin. The match took place after The Mirror's deadline, but the Chieftains play again Thursday in St. Marys against St. Mary's Academy and Friday against Maranatha Christian Academy in Tonganoxie. There is no junior varsity match in St. Marys, as varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, Varsity plays at 4:30 p.m. and junior varsity at 6 p.m. at the Chieftain Park Sports Complex.