LHS soccer falls to Shawnee Mission South, 2-0
OVERLAND PARK — As much as Lawrence High girls soccer coach Matt McCune would have liked to see the Lions’ winning streak hit four games with an upset of Shawnee Mission South in the Class 6A regional semifinals on Monday, it wasn’t in the cards.
Jordyn Martin put the Raiders on the board in the third minute, and added an insurance goal in the 76th to send SM South to a 2-0 win over the Lions. Martin’s first goal came on a long-distance shot that LHS goalie Victoria Mosakowski couldn’t quite get a handle on, and the second came on a rebound from the top of the 6-yard box.
While McCune was hoping for the Lions to come up with an equalizer before Martin struck for her second goal, he didn’t fault his team for a lack of effort.
“There were 70 minutes there where we played great,” McCune said. “We had our chances. We had to put their goalie into action and it was nice to see.”
The Raiders grabbed their 1-0 lead before the game went into a lightning delay in the 14th minute. South had two other near goals in the first half with one shot going off the post and another bouncing off of the crossbar.
The Lions (4-10-3) also had one of their best chances when Sophia Dominguez just missed getting her head on a ball that was played into the box, but South keeper Natalie Payne was able get her hand on it before corralling it.
“Our midfield played well tonight, but it was just the final third pass that we struggled with tonight,” McCune said. “If we could have gotten our defense up a little bit and held the ball more through the midfield, it would have been a different story. But we were just unable to do that tonight.”
Mosakowski bounced back from her mishap a few minutes in to make six saves — including two where she came to the edge of the box to stonewall an SM South shot attempt. McCune felt that the play from Mosakowski and the backline was a big reason why the Lions gave the Raiders a much closer ballgame than they did in the regular season.
“Last time it was 5-0 — same field, same competition. It’s baby steps with our program. You never like to lose. I told the girls tonight that you want to win every single game, there is some pride that comes over the coaches when we fight that hard.”
After Martin made it 2-0, McCune made sure to let his 11 seniors soak up the final few minutes of their high school careers.
“We finished the last three minutes with 10 of them on the field, and that was nice to see,” McCune said. “They deserved that.”
While the Lions will be losing a lot of varsity minutes with Mosakowski, Maria Duncan, Mary Carr, Dominguez, Mia Comparato, Katelyn McIntyre, Taeghan Sharpe, Mikayla Downs, Bess Davison, Grace Odrowski and Monica Steffes all graduating, McCune is excited about what he has coming back next year.
“There is a good core there,” McCune said. “Hopefully we can find five or six to play along to play along with them next year. There are some good components coming back, for sure.”