Lawrence High dominated Topeka West in the final 40 minutes on Tuesday at the Youth Sports Inc. field.
Unfortunately, the first 40 minutes were a bust for the Lions.
Coming off a season-opening victory over Manhattan last week, LHS came out flat against the Chargers.
Topeka West (2-0) struck quickly, scoring all four of its goals in a 14-minute span and held off a furious rally by the Lions (1-1) in the second half for a 4-2 victory.
"I think maybe we underestimated our opponent in the first half and that may have resulted in a goal or two," first-year LHS coach Keith Nelson said.
"When we figured out what we were doing we were up to the challenge and we took it to them. They could honestly look me in the face and say, 'We could've won it,' and that's all I could have asked."
Set up by a corner kick, Topeka West senior Iyare Obazee scored in the 21st minute.
Then 14 seconds, later West's Tanner Starkey snuck in another goal to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead.
"Their goals were mental lapses on our part, poor marking and touching a bad ball," Nelson said. "In my opinion the goals were not well earned."
The Lions pulled within 2-1 in the 27th minute when junior striker Jamie Peterson zipped a shot from the top of the box into the lower right corner of the net.
Peterson couldn't convert his other scoring opportunities. In the first minute, he missed left on a one-and-one break. Early in the second half, Peterson had a shot on goal glance of the crossbar.
"I'm disappointed in myself," said Peterson, who has four goals in two games. "I missed a breakaway, then I hit the bar."
West's Dusty Shannon scored in the 34th minute and teammate Joe Brown connected in the 35th minute to give the Chargers a commanding 4-1 lead heading into halftime.
"When we string passes together and finish like that, it's real nice," said Shannon, who shedded an LHS defender for his goal.
The lone goal in the second half came from Lawrence's Chris Kelley in the 46th minute.
The Lions outshot Topeka West 14-13, including 8-4 in the second half.
"I think Keith has done a really nice job with this team," West coach Tim Collins said. "It's more organized than it has been the past couple of years. They play soccer."
Next for LHS is a Thursday road game at Shawnee Heights. The starting time has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. because of the heat.
"We'll bounce back," Peterson said. "It's kind a of wakeup call. We had high hopes. This will help us and we'll come back strong."