Topeka Lawrence High made the most of its opportunities and scored a 1-0 soccer victory over Topeka West on Thursday night.
The Lions had only three shots on goal, but one was a goal by Matt Waters, with an assist by Jared Nelson, 20 minutes into the first half.
Meanwhile, Topeka West had nine shots on goal, but they were all rejected by LHS goaltenders Brett Neverve and Al Voigt.
"We made the most of it," LHS coach Mark Craig said. "I think one thing our defense is doing is keeping the other team from getting quality scoring opportunities."
Neverve, a junior, played the first half in goal for the Lions, and Voigt, a senior, played the second half.
"We've been talking about whether they should split halves or trade off games," Craig said, "and that's something we're just going to have to keep in mind. Right now they're both doing a great job. Neither of them were really challenged tonight. We'll just keep giving them both equal time."
And that equal time could continue to come in the same games.
"I don't think it matters too much whether they go halves or games," Craig said. "As long as they play well, we'll give them equal time."
The Lions, who improved to 1-0-1, played at night because the Topeka school was on a schedule designed to avoid the summer heat.
"It was fun playing under the lights," Craig said. "We'd love to do that in Lawrence someday."
Waters also scored the Lions' first goal in their season-opening tie with Blue Valley Northwest.
"The big story of the game," Craig said, "was Andrew Watkins, who was brought up from the junior varsity. We wanted to try him out at sweeper, and he did an outstanding job."
But he wasn't the only Lion to excel, Craig said.
"Bret Oshel attacked with intensity on the left wing tonight, and I was real encouraged by his play," Craig said.
In addition, Peter Lenz had an ingrown toenail removed earlier but played anyway.
"Peter's just a gutsy kid and he gave it his best effort," Craig said. "We would have missed him tonight. He and David D'Ercole really controlled the midfield for us."
Meanwhile, the Lions' junior varsity lost, 2-1, to Topeka West to fall to 0-1-1. Jim Rhodes scored for the Lions.
Craig said the Lawrence varsity's biggest challenge came in the second half while protecting its 1-0 lead.
"Topeka West really came out hard the second 20 minutes of the first half," he said, "and we held them off."
The Lions' next game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Manhattan.