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FSHS soccer wins despite ejection

April 25, 2012


— Despite losing a player to ejection in the first half and needing to play the rest of the night a player down, Free State High handily dispatched Olathe South, 5-2, in Sunflower League soccer on Tuesday night at the Olathe District Activities Center.

Maddie Dieker scored three goals, and Rylee Feurst and Abbey Casady each had a goal for the Firebirds (8-1-2).

Free State led, 3-0, when its goalie drew a red card for a foul in the box with about 15 minutes left in the first half.

“We have a pretty solid group,” FSHS coach Kelly Barah said. “They weren’t going to get rattled by that. They just had to keep doing the things they did to get the 3-0 lead.”

Kylee Loneker and Hadyn Hutchinson each had an assist for Free State.

“It really was an amazing performance,” Barah said.

FSHS will host Olathe North on Friday.


Shelley Bock 5 years, 12 months ago

In the rest of the world, soccer (football) fans were surprised with Chelsea's draw with Barcelona even though they lacked Drogba, due to injury, and Terry, who was given a red card and "disqualified" in the 1st half. Messi and company weren't able to send the English team back to Premiership competition.

OK, great, but the Free State win is much more interesting!

This was the first time Free State has ever defeated Olathe South and the first game between the two I haven't seen in person. I did receive reports from a fan who was there. It seems that Free State came out with a purpose. As Olathe South played very offensively, there were many balls played through the Olathe defensive line at midfield allowing the Staters to run onto the ball for breakaways. Not a good strategy when you play Free State.

Having the goalkeeper go out in the 1st half and go a player down would have been the doom in the past. Sounds to me like this team has some guts and ability to hang tough.

And, to say "ejection" isn't correct. "Ejection" implies some malfeasance like fighting, spitting or foul language. Giving a red card in this situation is more like a "disqualification" with a fifth foul in basketball. It happens as part of the game, but it needs to be correctly described. Soccer is different in that excessive fouling or a major foul preventing a goal can be sanctioned. That happened here. From my "eyes" at the game, this was a rather harsh decision and unwarranted. (The observer has seen lots of soccer over the years, so I trust his opinion.) Regardless, there was adequate back-up to secure a Free State win. I've known this goalkeeper for at least half of her life. A kind, gracious and intelligent lady, but also a hard nosed competitor who knows this game well. She wouldn't ever be "ejected" for the reasons given above, just given a red card and "disqualified" or "excluded" for playing hard. (She'll have to sit out the next game for her red card. That's the world-wide penalty, and she knows that. Unfortunate.)

Congratulations on a tremendous win!

skittles 5 years, 12 months ago

Thanks for the information! So the red card was for making a tackle as last defender? That would have been much better information than what was included in the story.
She is a great goalkeeper.

unklemonkey 5 years, 12 months ago

Free State beats Olathe South, one of the premier teams in the state, handily and for the first time ever, and they don't even get a real article?

Shelley Bock 5 years, 12 months ago

I agree with you, but like Validini says, this had to be called in by the coach since they don't seem to send reporters to away soccer games. This team is exciting and quite capable. It would be nice if a reporter would attend the last game of the year at Blue Valley Southwest where former Free State coach Jason Pendelton has a very good squad. The outcome of that game will be important for playoff seeding purposes and since Pendelton has coached nearly all of the Free State players at one time during their careers.

not_that_crazy 5 years, 12 months ago

Both schools in town have great town have great goalkeepers, but we at Free State are also blessed with outstanding defense. Good job team!

Shelley Bock 5 years, 12 months ago

I agree with your assessment that both teams have great goalkeepers. But, it sounds like LHS defense has been hurt by injury or maybe the offensive side of the team isn't creating the chances to give the defense some time to catch their breathe. I don't know what the problem is, but depth and experience might help.

catndog 5 years, 12 months ago

Very good observation. Even against an average team, LHS never actually puts together a true offensive attack or a shot on goal. Eventually they lose the ball, and.... the best central defense and goalie can't hold out forever.

Vaildini 5 years, 12 months ago

Sounds like it was an exciting game. Probably the first time either Lawrence High Schools girls teams beat O South. Unklemonkey, when teams play on the road I think the only info they get is what the coach calls in. Seems pretty good considering the away game. Maybe they will do a follow up. Great job Firebirds.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 12 months ago

LHS had a couple of surprise victories over O South about a decade ago. I think there was a 1-0 win over Olathe South played in Lawrence; might have been another. I remember speaking with a referee about that game and he indicated that O South seemed to hit every inch of the posts and crossbar, but nothing into the net. Otherwise, Lawrence schools have had a tough time against Olathe schools.

Neither LHS nor Free State has ever defeated Olathe East. This year Olathe East is 11-0 and is ranked #1 in the State. They don't seem to rebuild, reload, they just get better.

not_that_crazy 5 years, 12 months ago

Yes, I noticed that LHS didn't even call in their game score again. Poor keeper sets a new save record every game.

Both teams play at HOME on Friday.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 12 months ago

I found the score to the game in the Kansas City Star. Leavenworth defeated Lawrence 3-0. This does not bode well for LHS. I thought pre-season that Leavenworth and SM North would be at the bottom of the Sunflower League. LHS has collapsed and not been able to win.

This years home town "derby" (English soccer (football) fans call the rivalry game that) will have teams with the biggest dissimilarity of any in the past. Free State stands on the verge of a double digit win season and is playing well. On the other hand, LHS is trying to play out of a hole.

The most dominant win by LHS was a 3-0 score when Abby Vestal was playing. The most lop-sided win by Free State was a 4-0 game in 2001. Even though rivalry games are generally much, much closer than anyone expects, this year does not look good for the Lions.

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