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All for 1, 1 for all

Lions, Firebirds play to 1-all tie

April 4, 2007

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After her Lawrence High soccer team played a double-overtime, penalty-kick shootout during the McPherson Invitational championship game, goalie Emma Lumpe arrived back at her house at 1:30 a.m. and slept for only 21â2 hours Tuesday morning.

Lawrence High's Kaela Severa (7) and Olivia Dykes, right, double-up on Free State's Grace Lang (18). The teams played to a 1-all, double-overtime tie Tuesday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.

Lawrence High's Kaela Severa (7) and Olivia Dykes, right, double-up on Free State's Grace Lang (18). The teams played to a 1-all, double-overtime tie Tuesday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.

"We were just exhausted," Lumpe said.

Less than 17 hours later, the road-weary Lions played their crosstown rival, Free State High. The city showdown ended 1-1 in double overtime, representing the first 1-all tie in the city series since 2003.

Making matters worse for both squads, temperatures at Tuesday night's game at the Youth Sports Inc. fields dipped to the low 40s, and powerful gusts reached about 20 mph.

Both teams struggled to advance the ball.

"The wind kept blowing the ball off course," Lumpe, a sophomore, said. "We would've scored a lot more if we had less wind."

After the two 40-minute halves ended in a tie, the teams played two 10-minute sudden-death sessions. Both teams had opportunities to break the deadlock, but could not capitalize. Free State attempted three shots on goal during the first overtime and four during the second; LHS countered with five shots during the first and three during the second.

"The structure was real nice on both sides, defensively," LHS coach Matt Anderson said.

The Lions (3-0-1) notched the game's first goal with 19:28 left in the first period. A strike hit a player and the post before junior Kaela Severa scored on the ricochet.

"(It was) just the right place, the right time for Kaela," Anderson said. "She had the presence of mind to go ahead and put it in the net."

The Firebirds (0-1-2) answered with senior Lucca Wang's transition goal during the 26:39 mark of the second period.

"We were all in position," Wang said. "And I made a small touch."

Free State's overall play improved after the first period, when LHS controlled the ball on the Firebirds' side of the field.

"In the second half and overtime, we played much better," Free State coach Jason Pendleton said. "In the first half, we were caught up a little bit in the emotion of playing our rivals."

As is usually the case during the city rivalry games, players on both sides competed against friends. Wang played with sophomore Stef Stuever on the Kaw Valley Force, and Lumpe has honed her goalie skills with Free State's Megan Hrenchir.

Pendleton, though, admitted his more rested team might have enjoyed an advantage after the Lions' extended 3-2 win against Salina South.

"We're probably a little fortunate they had that game last night," Pendleton said.

On the other side, the Lawrence High coaching staff declined to pin the loss on exhaustion.

"It's not an excuse," Anderson said. "We still had our chances."

Regardless, Tuesday's evenly played match added to the intrigue of the rivalry and demonstrated the mettle of both teams.

As a result of the tie, each team earned half a point in World Company Cup standings, which track the teams' year-long results in all sports. FSHS leads this year's Cup, 101â2 points to 91â2.

"My hat's off to Lawrence High - what a phenomenal effort for them," Pendleton said. "I know that coach Anderson's very proud of them, but I made a point to tell my team how impressed I was with their work ethic and perseverance."

Comments

Shelley Bock 7 years, 7 months ago

While some of the players played together years ago with the KV Force, most players on both teams now play with either the Kansas Soccer Academy or Inferno, FC. Others, as noted by the Journal World in a recent article, play with the KC Legends or in Topeka with Topeka Select. Stuever plays with Inferno, FC. Wang plays for Topeka Select. Vestal and others of LHS play with Case, Vervynck, Keasling and Aiken of FS.

End result is that they all know each other.

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