Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2001

Wildcats soccer team ends two-game losing streak

September 20, 2001

De Soto's soccer team ended a two-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Perry-Lecompton.

The win, which improved the Wildcats record to 4-2, came after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Kaw Valley rival Tonganoxie in boys high school soccer action last Thursday.

"Right now we're playing well enough to be competitive," said head coach Mike Murphy. "But we have some parts of our game that aren't going well."

According to Murphy, the mental part of the game isn't where it should be.

"We had some mental lapses against Tonganoxie," Murphy said. "We're going to the ball hard and battling, but something's not quite right. We're going to find out what that is and work on improving it."

The game was tied at halftime with Willie Meier scoring the Wildcats' goal on a head shot off of a cross.

Tonganoxie scored the winning goal with about 10-minutes remaining in the game.

"We were pretty tired and had a hard time generating the offense we needed to score in the second half," said Murphy. "We don't seem to have the same sense of urgency we had last year. We were a little bitter after the schools split and we played like it last year."

De Soto road win at Perry-Lecompton Tuesday sets up a big match against conference foe Lansing Thursday.

"Lansing is usually one of the best teams in the League," said Murphy on Thursday night's opponent. "They usually have very good ball skills, are fast and usually have a good goal keeper."

The fact that Lansing has won three of the past five Kaw Valley League championships and has a few more kids to choose from doesn't make De Soto's job any easier.

"They're also a little bit bigger school," said Murphy. "They are just a few kids from being a 5A school."

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