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Lawrence soccer squads to start regionals

May 17, 2011


The sun was shining, and the mood, as it always seems to be at Free State High’s soccer practices, was light and fun on Monday afternoon.

Such is the way coach Kelly Barah likes to keep things, even leading up to Tuesday’s regional playoff game, in which FSHS will play host to Junction City at 6:30 p.m.

“We don’t think of this as work,” Barah said. “We take every practice seriously, but we always emphasize the importance of having fun.”

Barah also suggested that the fourth-seeded Firebirds (9-6-1) will pay no mind to Junction City’s 6-9-1 record.

“We have one premise, which is, we don’t worry about the other team, we don’t worry about the referee — we worry about what we’re doing,” Barah said. “So we don’t really care who we’re playing or what their record is, but any information we may have (about their style) never hurts.”

This season’s strong performance is not the only reason to be bullish on the future of the FSHS soccer program.

The junior varsity dominated, outscoring opponents 72-6 on the way to an 11-1-3 record. Those who contributed to the memorable JV season: Marti Belot, Ciara Carey, Kaithlin Dunbar, Tanna Fanshier, Liza Farr, Jessica Ferguson, Jenna Giele, Victoria Gilman, Hanna Heline, Annie Hierl, Maren Kahler, Paige Kallenberger, Rachel Longren, Rosemary Newsome, Amanda Schaller and Sunina Upshaw.

Seventh-seeded Lawrence High (4-12), meanwhile, will play at No. 2 Washburn Rural (10-5-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Topeka. LHS will look to avenge a 5-0 defeat against Rural earlier this season.

First-year LHS coach Joe Nemzer said the girls have responded well to his scheme.

“You don’t care about what’s been done to this point,” Nemzer said. “The best team on that specific day is going to win. We don’t anticipate losing; we’re going there trying to win.”


catndog 7 years ago

Listing the Free State JV players names? They article is supposed to be about Regionals.

Shelley Bock 7 years ago

That's the only "ink" that they've received all year, even with such an impressive overall record. Why begrudge them this small opportunity for recognition?

Shelley Bock 7 years ago

The accomplishments of the FS JV are very significant. Their record is the best of any girls soccer squad from a Lawrence high school ever. In years past at least 5 of those players would have made varsity. But, by staying on the JV, they got lots of playing time and the confidence that winning brings. That will only make their future varsity play better.

Free State varsity has never won a playoff game. Hopefully, today's game will be historic and change the past.

I saw clips of the prior LHS-Washburn Rural game online. LHS played poorly. They can do better. If they go into the game confidently, they have the opportunity to advance by scoring an upset.

not_that_crazy 7 years ago

NO JV squads, any sport- boys or girls- get any coverage in this town. They just ran out of soccer to talk about.
Our JV did rock, although it could be because of the Varsity players that played down to get time, especially at the beginning of the year.

Hop2It 7 years ago

Hey...at least they didn't forget about soccer.

Good Luck big kid (and quit reading blogs and go study!)

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