Chieftain soccer kicks De Soto, 2-1
Just minutes into overtime Tuesday night, Tonganoxie junior forward Taylor Sneed dashed any hopes De Soto may have had for avenging a 2-1 set back the Wildcats suffered earlier this season.
Sneed picked up a loose ball in front of the De Soto goal and punched it in for the 2-1 win with 7:14 remaining in the first 10-minute overtime period.
The Chieftains got on the board first in regulation when senior midfielder Patrick Weyer took advantage of a penalty kick with 15:18 remaining in the first half.
"You can't prepare for that," said De Soto coach Mike Murphy on Tonganoxie's lone goal in regulation. "You play good defense...you play hard and then that happens. It seems like you're playing catch up the whole game when you give up easy goals like that."
De Soto didn't play catch up for too long, however, as the game was deadlocked just minutes later.
Senior Todd Manson found sophomore Jesse Smith in front of the net for the tie.
According to Murphy, the Wildcats didn't play the ball from the outside in enough. "We just banged the ball up the middle," said Murphy.
De Soto had several opportunities to score, especially in the first half. The Wildcats out shot Tonganoxie 9-2 in the first 40 minutes and finished the game with a 17-7 shots on goal advantage.
De Soto didn't even get a shot off in the overtime period, while Tonganoxie was able to get a pair of shots off in the extra period of play.
Harley Mostaffa picked up the loss after making three saves on the evening.
The Wildcats will continue to work hard in preparation for regionals coming up in a couple of weeks, especially on offense, Murphy said.
"Offense takes patience, talent and playing time together," said Murphy. "You have to work on it to get cohesiveness and hopefully at the end of 16 games you get it put together."
The Wildcats, who saw a five game stretch without a loss end Tuesday night, will host Perry-LeCompton tonight at 6 p.m.
De Soto takes an 8-4-1 record into the Kaw Valley match against a team it beat 3-1 in September.
According to Murphy, Perry-Lecompton is a much improved team this season.
"They are much better, especially defensively," said Murphy. "But they are struggling to score goals."