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FSHS soccer lackluster in 2-1 win

October 18, 2000

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— Free State High's boys soccer team survived a lackluster performance Tuesday in holding off Leavenworth, 2-1.

"We didn't play with much emotion," FSHS coach Jason Pendleton said. "We went in taking them lightly, which was a mistake on our part. It was their Senior Day and they were pumped up. Our kids might be thinking they are better than they are.

"We didn't show up ready to play and struggled to a 2-1 victory against a team that's 2-13."

FSHS senior Todd Trahan tallied both goals for the Firebirds (11-3-1).

His first score came on a direct free kick from about 25 yards out in the 15th minute. The Pioneers tied the game 15 minutes later.

Trahan, who now has 16 goals in 13 games, scored the game-winner off a through ball from senior Kevin Steffen in the 52nd minute.

Free State had numerous other opportunities to score, but couldn't convert.

"We just overall didn't play well at all," Pendleton said. "We were a step slow and not moving the ball well. Despite the lack of intensity and emotion, we were able to eke out a victory. It's like (Oakland Raiders owner) Al Davis says, 'Just win baby.'

"It was ugly, but it was a win. It's better than losing pretty."

Free State's Senior Night game is against Olathe North at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Youth Sports Inc. field.

Regardless of the outcome, the Firebirds will play host to a sub-state game at 7 p.m. Monday at YSI as a No. 2 or No. 3 seed.

Free State likely would face either Leavenworth or Lawrence High depending on its seeding.

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