Tuesday’s 7-0 victory against Shawnee Mission North at Youth Sports, Inc., nearly cost Lawrence High goalkeeper Emma Lumpe her lunch money.
Before the contest, Lumpe told her teammates that if they scored 10 goals, she’d spring for Tad’s Tropical Sno treats for the whole team after the game.
At times Lumpe cringed. Other times she saw flashes of her funds dipping low. But in the end, she was left with nothing but a smile, happy about the blowout victory that snapped the Lions’ three-game losing streak and her own financial fortune.
After taking a 2-0 lead into halftime, the Lions exploded for five goals in the second half and came within inches of scoring four or five more. At one point, LHS netted three goals in a span of 55 seconds and added a fourth less than three minutes later.
“I was starting to do the finances in my head,” Lumpe said. “We were pretty close. I was especially worried when we scored three goals in a minute.”
At no point did she show it.
Throughout the second half, Lumpe could be heard from the far end of the field encouraging her teammates, begging them to keep pushing. And so they did. In the end, the seven goals — which were the most the Lions had scored in a game this season since an 8-0 victory at the McPherson Tournament in March — got Lumpe off the hook.
Stef Stuever opened the scoring with a penalty-kick goal in the first half. The PK was awarded after Natalie Wilkins was taken out by the SMN goalie while charging the net.
“We’d all been kicking through her instead of over her or around her,” Wilkins said of the aggressive SMN goalie. “So I just tried to get it around her, and she took my legs out.”
The collision did not deter Wilkins. She spent most of the second half in the SM North goal box, joined consistently by three or four teammates each time.
ng performance for the LHS offense. As a result, it gave the LHS defense most of the night off.
“This was definitely the best we’ve attacked this season,” said junior Kaley Tesdahl, the only Lion to score more than once. “And that’s really nice to see because last year that’s what we lacked.”
Tesdahl’s first goal came with 5:01 to play in the first half. Like Wilkins had tried to do earlier, Tesdahl chipped a shot over the charging SMN goalie to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.
At the 36:19 mark of the second half, Tesdahl flashed a little more skill, sending a perfectly placed ball to the top back corner of the net from a sharp angle outside of the box about 20 yards away.
“I’ve hit a lot of those shots,” Tesdahl said. “But they usually don’t go in.”
This one did, and it kicked off quite a scoring barrage. At 22:35, Regan Keller’s rebound made it 4-0. Thirty-one seconds later, Olivia Dikes ripped a 15-yard blast to make it 5-0. Thirty-six seconds after that, Megan Andrews outran three defenders and sent a low liner to the bottom-right corner of the net to make it 6-0.
The final goal came off the foot of Clare Payne, who scored from 21 yards away when a hard-driven ball short-hopped the goalie and bounced over her shoulder and into the net with 19:14 to play.
In all, the Lions (6-3 overall, 3-2 Sunflower League) sent 31 shots at the net, nearly twice as many as their normal output.
“I’ve seen flashes of them being capable of doing this,” LHS coach Matt Anderson said. “But this was the first time they’ve put it all together.”