Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miscue cancels soccer game

October 27, 2005

Things haven't exactly gone as planned for the De Soto soccer team this season.

Why should its start of postseason play be any different?

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Maur Hill at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Atchison. One problem, however.

No one told the referees.

Despite a hectic last-minute scramble, no officials could be scraped together for the game and De Soto's first regional game had to be pushed back a day.

Results were not in by The Explorer's news deadline on Wednesday.

The shift in days and jolt to De Soto's rhythm came after the Cats finally seemed to have their team heading in the right direction.

A heartbreaking loss at Kansas City Turner likely ruined De Soto's chances at hosting a regional game, but the Cats were in top form on senior night facing Eudora.

The offensive woes that have plagued the green-and-white all season suddenly vanished against the Kansas Highway 10 rival.

England scored again, and appeared to have his third goal lined up as he broke down the field with just the goalie to beat.

He booted it across the field when the goalie came out, finding a wide-open CJ Garrett. De Soto's third goal rolled into an undefended net.

"We found open lanes and looked for other shots for other people," Erpelding said. "We probably finished a lot tougher shots against Eudora than we had against Turner. We were covered. It was a lot tougher conditions. We were just much, much better."

The intensity carried into the second half.

Every shot England took seemed to find some way past the keeper.

His third goal came after a Brady Seaman shot rebounded right to him. His fourth went off the goalie and into the net and his fifth came on another pass from Seaman.

Seaman also scored once, but had five assists, the most compiled in one night in the program's history.

England's five goals were the second most-ever scored in a game.

It wasn't the typical win over Eudora either. The Cats have traditionally rolled the young program, but Eudora won two games this season and played decent soccer throughout.

"That's probably the worst they've played in a little while," Erpelding said. "I told the boys the reason they played that way was because of us. We passed all around them, found opening lanes and we did everything we wanted to do."

All that momentum and no place to go.

Check for an update on Wednesday's game. If De Soto, the regional's ninth seed, beat No. 8 Maur Hill, the Cats will likely play Bonner Springs Thursday at 4 p.m.

The football team is in action Thursday in Bonner Springs as well, playing its final game of the season at 7:30 p.m..

De Soto (8-8) won easily, 7-1.

"We had a great team game," coach Darren Erpelding said. "It was definitely a relief to finish the regular season that way."

Passing was the key as the Cats kept Eudora guessing.

Zach England, who finished with five of De Soto's goals, got the scoring started, squeezing a ball past Cardinal goalie Anthony Barta about 10 minutes into the first half.

Eudora quickly tied it, but De Soto never let go of the momentum.

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