Late-minute heroics helped Lawrence High beat Topeka High and the clock, and capture a 3-2 soccer victory on Monday afternoon at YSI.
Steve Boring's penalty kick with no time remaining eluded Trojans' goalie Pier Niermeyer to assure the dramatic victory.
A tripping penalty had placed Boring in an uncomfortable situation.
"The referee didn't let me do my style," the senior said. "I felt kind of jinxed. It wasn't one of my better kicks, but the goalie jumped and that's all it takes. I got lucky he got taken out of the box."
Boring's goal lifted the Lions' record to 5-4-1.
"The goal that Steve scored really helped us a lot," said junior Stuart Vance. "It really lifted our team up and I think we'll play a lot better because we've now got a winning season."
TRAVIS CROWGHOST broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal over Niermeyer which caromed off the crossbar to give LHS a 2-1 lead.
"We got psyched up again after I made that second goal to make it 2-1," Crowghost said. "It really adrenalized us and the whole team worked as one."
That unity was much more noticeable in the second half.
"We came out strong at first, but we got a little overconfident in the first half," Boring said. "We decided we weren't communicating well at halftime, then we pulled back together and started winning all the balls in the second half."
While the Lions appear to have overcome their inconsistency, the lingering problem of using the whole field still remains.
"Earlier we were playing a great first half and a bad second half," coach Mark Craig said. "Our biggest problem is still using the width of the field. We've been playing north and south and we should be using all four directions. When you do that, they just pack it in and cut you down."
CRAIG WAS naturally pleased with Monday's performance.
"The kids have to learn and recognize what they're doing wrong," he said. "Today our kids stepped up when they needed to and played with class."
LHS junior varsity won 3-0 behind Brian Nash's two goals. Lawrence will visit 7-2 Blue Valley North on Wednesday.
"Most games in the Sunflower League are going to be tough," Vance said. "They have some great players and a really good goalie. But we should be able to compete with them and play well."