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High School Sports

Free State soccer rallies to win

October 20, 2010


With the field dressed up with green balloons and streamers to commemorate senior night, Free State High’s soccer team closed out its 2010 home schedule with an impressive victory worthy of a celebration.

The Firebirds (6-8-2) beat Shawnee Mission East, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Free State.

“We played really well against a well coached team,” FSHS coach Kelly Barah said. “It was just unbelievable to see that kind of performance.”

The Firebirds were down 1-0 in the first half, until senior Preston Newsome netted the equalizer.

The game was still tied in the second half, when Newsome fed junior Hunter Peirce, who hit the game winner to send the Firebird seniors out in style.

“What a great way for the seniors to have their last regular-season game end,” Barah said.


birdfan999 7 years, 8 months ago

Hands down East was a much better soccer team than the Firebirds. Yet FS played with passion and reckless abandon. Hats off to the Seniors in refusing to let this game slip away.

SoccerGenius 7 years, 8 months ago

East has a good package but will not win it all because of their size, hands down - way too small for a state title. Kelley subbed liberally perhaps to the cost of a league championship. Kudos to the Newsome kid, incredible game. FS is a different team when Walters is at center stryker. He gives them a presence with his height, skill and ability to finish. Back four and keeper continue to be solid. Well done Firebirds - much deserved!

Shelley Bock 7 years, 8 months ago

I would agree with SoccerGenius that SME is a good team but likely won't win State. Coach Kelly was a solid player at SME in the 90's and later at Missouri Valley. Class act coach who was very complimentary of FS at the end of the game.

I enjoyed this game because it was played on the ground instead of the long passes forward with a kick-and-run offense. Both teams kept the pace of the game up producing an interesting and inventive passing game.

It was one of the more interesting high school games played by Lawrence teams. Far, far different than the opening loss to Bonner Springs or in Monday's tie with Mill Valley.

SoccerGenius 7 years, 8 months ago

Kelly is a stud, not many like him around. Hope he does not burn out. He is good for the game.

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