Olathe When Mark Craig says Lawrence High's soccer team makes the most of its opportunities, he's not kidding.
The Lions took just four shots on goal but managed a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Olathe South on Thursday at Olathe District Stadium. The Falcons were ranked No. 3 in this week's Kansas City metropolitan coaches' poll.
"This is the biggest win in the history of Lawrence High soccer, without a doubt," said Craig, the Lions' second-year coach. "Olathe South is very good. I can see why they were 4-0 and ranked No. 3. They had a lot more shots on goal, but we made the most of ours."
Neither team scored in the first half, and Craig gave the Lions a hearty halftime chewing out.
"We played terrible in the first half," Craig said. "I let them have it pretty good."
Apparently they listened. Just 2 1/2 minutes after halftime, David D'Ercole scored the Lions' first goal, aided by a deflection off an O-South player. Three minutes later, LHS scored again, when Peter Lenz attempted a direct kick. The ball bounced off the Falcons' goalie and Brian Nash kicked it in.
"Olathe South was down, let me tell you," Craig said. "They were just hanging their heads. But they didn't quit. They threw everything at us the last 10, 15 minutes. They just didn't play as well together as we played."
LHS also played defense well, Craig said, especially Ray Reduque, William Sosa and Josh Stein. Craig also praised goalie Orion Creamer.
"Our defense just played awesome," Craig said. "And I don't know how many Orion stopped. Olathe South kept the heat on, and we were fortunate to come out with a 2-0 victory."
The Lions improved to 4-1, and Craig admitted he's becoming greedy.
"We lose to Shawnee Mission South, 2-1, and I'm happy," Craig said. "Then we beat Olathe South, the No. 3 team, 2-0 and I'm not happy because I thought we didn't play to our potential. We do have the potential to really roll now."
Lawrence's junior varsity fell to the Falcons, 2-0. The Lions' JV is 2-3.
LHS will play host to Olathe North on Monday.