De Soto splits league matches
De Soto's lack of offense the last week caused its record to dip to 6-4 on the 2002 season.
The only goal the Wildcats did score was crucial because it did give the them a 1-0 win over Piper last Thursday. De Soto then lost to Lansing 4-0 Monday.
Kyle Bray gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, just nine minutes into the second half of the Piper game, and the Wildcats made it stand up.
Bray ripped a shot into the left side of the net from just outside the box.
The Pirates almost answered Bray's goal seconds later when Jacob Greathouse tried to hit Matt Grotheer breaking toward the goal. But the Wildcat defense deflected the shot and took back possession.
Piper took just two shots from that point as the Wildcats picked up the defensive pressure and got a shut-out from Sean Karashin.
Karashin did stuff a scoring opportunity from Piper when he laid out and barely tipped away a shot from Pirate junior Daniel Barrera with just less than 21 minutes remaining in the game.
Bray missed on another opportunity for an insurance goal with 6:29 left in the game when he got a second shot after deflecting a shot off of Pirate goal keeper Chad Reynolds. Reynolds also stuffed the second shot.
De Soto coach Mike Murphy said Piper was the type of team that liked to pack in it defense so that its foes had to take shots from the outside.
"Piper likes to pull the defense up and trap you," he said. "They pack it in in front of the goal and make you take longer shots."
The De Soto defense allowed just five shots on goal for the Pirates, while taking 20 themselves.
Against Kaw Valley powerhouse Lansing, the Wildcats fell behind 2-0 in the second half. The final score reflected De Soto efforts to make up that difference, Murphy said.
"We were really pushing the ball up the field in an effort to get back in the game," De Soto coach Mike Murphy said. "If we score, we get momentum and are in a positive frame of mind to send the game into overtime.
"Instead they got a couple of breakaways the other way. Once the score grew to 3-0, we knew it would be tough to come back."
Murphy credited Lansing's defense for his team's woes.
"They challenged every shot," Murphy said. "They didn't give us anything. On the other hand, we give other teams too many opportunities."
De Soto travel to Perry for an important conference match with the Kaws at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Wildcats head to Topeka Tuesday for a game against Topeka Highland Park at 5:30 p.m.