‘Cats win opener; Jags are seeded first
DeSoto High made short work of Perry-Lecompton in Monday's regional soccer opener.
The 4-0 victory pushes the fifth-seeded Wildcats, 12-4-1, into Thursday's second round against fourth-seeded Hayden High in Topeka. Game time is 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Kaw Valley League champion Mill Valley, the top-seed in the regionals, opens postseason play Thursday when it hosts Kansas City-Piper in a 4 p.m. game at DeSoto.
"It's a great feeling, but then again, there's a lot of pressure," said Mill Valley coach Arlan Vomhof said. "Everyone's been gunning for us in the last part of the season and wants to see us fail.
"I hope we can keep this up Finishing first or second would be awesome."
The Jaguars dropped a meaningless game to Tonganoxie in the season finale, but now have to work on getting the momentum back in their favor.
"If we show up and play like we can, I think we'll be OK," said Mill Valley coach Arlan Vomhof. "If we try to make things difficult for ourselves, then it will be a difficult win. A major factor will be the weather. All the fields are soaked and will continue to be soaked."
DeSoto had little trouble with the field conditions or the weather in Monday's shutout victory over Perry-Lecompton.
"I think the kids did a good job of moving the ball and staying on the marks," said DeSoto coach Mike Murphy. "In those kind of conditions, they had to play smart more so than fast and physical. They did a good job of doing what they needed to do."
Jesse Smith and Paul Seaman each scored two goals for the Wildcats.
Murphy said that Topeka-Hayden plays in a tougher league so it's hard to gauge how the game will go. If the Wildcats win, they could host the quarterfinals game next week.
The Jaguars, who earned the top seed in the regionals by compiling a 14-2 record, will be at home throughout the playoffs, which they hope will be a big advantage in getting to the state playoffs, which will be played next weekend in Tonganoxie.
Mill Valley has been Piper twice this season, including once in overtime.
One of the Jaguars' main focuses Thursday will be to finish their runs at the goal, Vomhof said.
"Lately, we've been scoring," Vomhof said. "There have been times that we've had a hard time getting the ball in the net when it should have been."