Soccer team drops two as regionals draw near
Great teams tend to do one of two things when they are in competition. They either bring out the best in their opposition, or exploit the weaknesses of those they are competing against.
The latter was the case for De Soto in Tuesday's 9-0 loss to Lansing.
A huge discrepancy in ball handling skills was apparent in the big shutout loss.
"We have to improve in that area (ball skills)," said De Soto coach Mike Murphy. "The kids have to put in the effort during the offseason to become more athletic.
"They need to join soccer clubs at an earlier age so they can develop ball skills over time," he continued. I can't coach that (ball skills) in a couple of months."
Dan Bishop started the scoring for Lansing when he ripped a deflection into the net just 1:39 into the game.
The deflection came seconds after Ben Martin's shot on goal glanced off of the left goal post. Bishop also drilled a long line drive into the net for the Lions' final goal of the game with 2:19 remaining.
Martin and Joey McKee also recorded two goals each. Phil Sordi, Ryan Slater, and Pat Bodi each scored a goal for Lansing.
Kevin Fischer recorded the game's only assist when he found Martin open with 22:16-seconds remaining in the game.
The Lions were able to build a 5-0 halftime lead on the strength of a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal for the first half.
The second half didn't get much better for the Wildcats. Lansing added four goals after intermission on the strength of 22 shots on goal, compared to just six for De Soto.
For the game, De Soto was out shot by an astounding 34-9.
Harley Mostaffa and Chris Dabbs split time in goal. Mostaffa played the first half and Dabbs took over for the final 40-minutes of action.
Mostaffa tallied four saves, while Dabbs recorded 13.
Last Thursday the Wildcats lost a 2-1 decision to Perry-Lecompton, a team it beat 3-1 earlier in the year.
"Perry has come along as the season has progressed," said Murphy. "That's something we haven't done."
De Soto, 8-6-1, plays host to Basehor-Linwood Thursday and then prepares for next week's sub-regional match up.
Thursday's showdown is against Basehor-Linwood is senior night.
"Thursday will be our senior night," said Murphy. "It would be great to send the seniors off with a good strong win."
De Soto beat Basehor-Linwood earlier in the year with a 5-1 win.