Maybe it was the exhilaration from capturing its first win Wednesday night.
Or perhaps the fatigue of playing three games in three days finally set in.
But whatever the reason, the Leavenworth boys’ soccer team had a hard time focusing Thursday according to its coach, and a 10-0 defeat to Olathe South proved that.
“The biggest part of it was that we weren’t there mentally tonight,” LV coach Ken Lott said. “We have played a lot of good teams and tonight was no different, but for some reason we just didn’t play with that same passion we did on Wednesday when we won.”
Following a scoreless 10 minutes of play to start the game, the Falcons held little back.
Shots and goals began to rain in and by halftime, the score rested at 8-0.
Two second half goals delivered the mercy-rule win.
“It could be mental fatigue but at this time of the year, we have to get past that,” Lott said. “We still have two more games and then regionals and that’s a whole new season. So we have to let go of the past, focus on the present and just attack this last part of the schedule.”
Leavenworth, 1-13, will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Olathe Northwest.
Piper ends Lions KVL title hopes
Though the Lansing boys’ soccer team played well Thursday, its opponent played better.
Competing at Piper for a share of the Kaw Valley League title, the Lions found themselves down 2-0 before Joe Henry set up a Mason Ruff goal late in the match.
Ultimately, that was all Lansing could muster and the team fell 2-1.
“I think we were playing great to begin with, connecting passes and moving the ball, but we couldn’t close out any goals,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said. “Piper was playing inspired ball throughout. When we finally did get a goal, it was too little, too late. You have to give credit to Piper, but we just didn’t finish tonight either.”
The Lions, 8-6-1, will play at Topeka Hayden Monday at 5:30 p.m.
“We lost the league championship tonight and have a tough match at Topeka Hayden Monday, but the main thing now is to get ready for regionals,” Brown said. “That’s all that matters now.”
Raiders strike first, lose late
Right before half Thursday, Immaculata’s Nick Reckers crossed a ball to teammate Mark Hernandez who used one quick touch to bury home a goal.
Page 2 of 2 - The strike put the Raiders’ soccer team up 1-0 over visiting Perry-Lecompton, and gave Imac the momentum heading into the break.
However, somewhere that momentum was lost.
The visitors first tied the game up in the 60th minute, and then with three minutes left in regulation poked in the game winner. Imac fell 2-1.
“I thought we were going to OT and they just tapped it right in,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “There was no one there. Unmarked, uncontested. There was no one there and it was a screw up.”
Immaculata, 3-10-1, will host St. Joe LeBlond at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“The whole defense played pretty solid and I can’t say enough about Nathan (Reardon), he was tremendous tonight,” Mazeitis said. “But just those two mix-ups cost us.”