Lansing gives playground lesson to young Cat soccer team
Despite losing to Lansing and Piper by identical 3-0 scores this season, De Soto girls soccer coach Darren Erpelding had little trouble identifying which was the better team.
Maybe the reason he picked Lansing was because they were fresher in his mind. The Lions rolled into De Soto last Thursday and dropped the Wildcats to 2-3 with the shut out.
"What can I say," Erpelding said. "They are a very good team. Piper was good, but I believe they are far better. Lansing is a complete team."
Although the Wildcats managed just two shots on goal, the loss presented Erpelding and his players with a vivid image they can use to prepare for future games.
"That is where our girls want to go," Erpelding said, "and where I want to go."
For the first 36 minutes of the game, De Soto looked every bit as good as the Lions. In fact, Erpelding said he thought his team played some of its best soccer during the opening moments of the contest.
De Soto even had the 4-0 Lions on their heels over the first 10 minutes of the first half. Unfortunately, the Lion defense didn't allow De Soto to get a quality shot on goal during that same time span.
Then with 3:12 to go in the first half, Lansing senior forward Kendra Sickinger scored on a deflection off of a cross, giving the visitors a 1-0 edge at intermission.
"She was not marked and was left open at the PK (penalty kick) mark," Erpelding said. "Megen (Bedford) had no chance. Up until then, our defense held them at bay."
Seventeen minutes into the second half Lansing stretched its lead to 2-0.
Lion midfielder Rachel Pride was the recipient of a little luck when she put away a loose ball right in front of the goal.
Ember Watson replaced Bedford in goal after Bedford was kicked in the face and had her lip cut open. The freshman received five stitches. The Lions capitalized with a goal by freshman midfielder Lauren Elkins.
Erpelding was ready to move on following the loss.
"Our girls played very hard and did not quit," the coach said. "We have a lot of work to do before Tuesday and it's all things that we can fix."
De Soto evened its record to 3-3 on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Basehor-Linwood.
Although the one goal triumph indicated the game was close, Erpelding said otherwise.
"We controlled the middle of the field and played well defensively," Erpelding said. "We just didn't score. If we finish I think the score is 4-0 at halftime. The score didn't indicate how the game really played out."
Shanna Couch opened the scoring for Basehor-Linwood in the second half after a scoreless first half for both teams. She scored easily when the Wildcats defense turned the ball over to the Bobcats and didn't recover in time.
Nicole Radcliffe opened the scoring for De Soto and tied the game with eight minutes remaining when she received an assist off the foot of Jennifer Hill, who had cut back toward the middle of the field with the ball. Carrie Buser's game winner ricocheted off the cross bar and rolled in from 20 yards out with just more than three minutes to play in the game.
De Soto, 3-3, plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when they host Lawrence Bishop Seabury