Matt Waters' three goals helped Lawrence High earn its first soccer victory of the season.
Behind Waters' hat trick, the Lions blanked Manhattan, 3-0, on Saturday at YSI.
Waters, who had not scored in the Lions' first two games, made up for it Saturday. A second-team all-Sunflower League selection last season, Waters led the Lions in scoring with nine goals and three assists a year ago.
"Getting the hat trick felt a lot better than what happened in the first two games," Waters said. "The players had a big talk without the coach before the game, and that really pumped us up. Once everybody gets into it it's much easier to score, the passes come easier and we are able to get more balls."
Lawrence coach Mark Craig said it was nice to see Waters playing well.
"He's been overdue, so I'm just really pleased that he and Todd Bolton hooked up," Craig said. "It's nice to see that combination beginning to develop out there. We did see any sort of chemistry working in the first two games."
Bolton recorded two assists Saturday.
Lawrence's defense proved as effective as its offense. Goalkeeper Brett Neverve had an easy day in net. The Lions held Manhattan to just five shots on goal.
In contrast, Lawrence bombarded the Indians with 24.
Heat and humidity might have played a role. A temperature of 86 degrees with 58 percent humidity forced the referees to stop the game twice so players could have water breaks.
The temperatures seemed to be affecting the Indians more than the Lions in the second half. The Lions outshot Manhattan 16-2 in the period. The Indians' fatigue was even more apparent in the final four minutes, when the Lions connected on two goals to put the game out of reach.
"I think we just wore them out," Bolton said. "At the end of the game they just seemed not to have anything left, and we were trying to step it up. That's why were were able to get two more goals while they were still just trying to get off shots."
The Lions (1-2) will play host to Shawnee Mission South, a team they have never beaten, at 4 p.m. Thursday at YSI.
The LHS junior varsity also recorded a 3-0 shutout of Manhattan. John Welch scored two goals. Aaron Siebert's assist set up Jesse Schumaker for the Lions' other score. Tom Fawsett and Dan Bayouth also had assists for the Lions. The win boosts the Lions to 2-1 overall.