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Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2003

O-North soccer blanks Lawrence High

May 21, 2003

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— After the Class 6A regional girls soccer game between Lawrence High and Olathe North, it was hard to tell which team had won.

Eagles coach Macey Miles walked away from the sideline disgusted at his team's performance despite a 5-0 win Tuesday at Olathe District Activities Center.

Keith Nelson, meanwhile, was thrilled even though the loss might have been his last game as coach of the Lions.

"The thing I'll remember most about this team is, even though we had a lot of losses, no one ever put their head down," Nelson said. "And more importantly, they always had fun. You can see that."

The Lions (3-12-1) took a team photo. Everyone smiled and squinted into the setting sun.

Several players hunted down junior varsity coach Matt Makens and doused him with the remnants of the water cooler.

Nelson had said his squad's senior leadership on defense would be key Tuesday.

Despite the loss, Nelson cited the efforts of seniors Monica Ruiz, Bess Chatman, Aly Barland and Dyana Lawrence.

"I think the girls really stepped up and did their job," Ruiz said.

For a majority of the first half, the Lions managed to hold down the Eagles, keeping them scoreless until the 13th minute.

"Our team has always played with a lot of heart," Lawrence said.

In the 13th minute, Olathe North (14-3) showed how it racked up over 100 goals during the regular season when sophomore Lindsay Vaught drove home the first of her three goals with a turn-around kick from close range.

She scored a minute later with a rapid kick from an even shorter distance.

Vaught tamed the Lions earlier in the year with a four-goal game at the Youth Sports Inc. fields April 15 in a 7-0 Eagles victory.

Five minutes into the second half, Vaught had her third goal after a header on a corner kick from senior Meagan Horvath.

Senior Andrea Jerousak got into scoring mode for the Eagles a few minutes later with a top-shelf kick to the net's right corner.

North's final goal came in the 21st minute off another head ball.

"We played to the end," Barland said. "We didn't quit. I'm proud to play for a team that doesn't quit."

Despite the lopsided win -- and shutout -- O-North's coach wasn't pleased with his club's effort.

"Lawrence came out with really good game plan from the start and did a great job defensively," Miles said. "I thought we played horribly."

Nelson's teaching position has been eliminated, and he has resigned as the Lions' coach, but he said he'd like to return as coach if a suitable replacement is not found.

"I hope to be back, but if I'm not words cannot express how much respect I have for the kids at Lawrence High and what they have meant to me," Nelson said. "They've helped me enjoy these last three years and have made me a better person."

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