Lawrence built a 2-0 halftime lead in dominating fashion, but settled for a 3-3 double-overtime soccer tie with Shawnee Mission West on Thursday afternoon at the YSI fields.
Despite the deadlock, Lions' coach Mark Craig was satisfied with the Lions' overall effort, especially in the overtime periods.
"The team really reached down in overtime," said Craig. "After playing 80 minutes, they came out and dominated the overtime, but things didn't turn out."
The result still leaves Craig pondering his squad's future.
"(The tie) keeps us wondering how good we really are. We've had moments of brilliance and we've had moments where we're average," Craig said. "It's tough to take a tie after we got the lead."
LAWRENCE TOOK an early 2-0 lead behind a goal from freshman midfielder David D'Ercole and a Steve Boring penalty kick.
Craig was especially enthused about D'Erocle's performance.
"He really had a fantastic game," the coach said. "After that goal, he was waving his arms and got me really excited. He controls our midfield, and, for a freshman, he's unbelievable."
SM West charged back at the start of the second half behind forward Damon Agee's hat trick. Agee scored two of his goals within two minutes early in the half to bring the score to 2-2.
"He's quick, outstanding and has a terrific shot," Craig said. "He found the open space and one-touched a lot of balls."
Mario Lainfiesta's goal was the final tally for Lawrence before the overtimes in which both teams threatened but couldn't score.
THE LIONS, now 2-2-1, will travel to Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday.
"We're going to have to make it a low-scoring game," Craig said. "We'll have to play defensive minded. We're going to have to come out with quick counter attacks."
Shawnee Mission West's record is 1-3-1.