Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Varsity Soccer beats Shawnee Heights 3 – 2

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Leavenworth moved to 500 with a hard-fought win tonight against UKC rivals Shawnee Heights. Leavenworth opened the scoring at 33 minutes left in the game with Alexis Roan slotting Alexis Cole through for the first goal of the game giving the Pioneers a 1-0 score. However, Shawnee Heights equalized within four minutes making the game 1-1 on a long shot that went over the Pioneer’s freshman keeper’s head, Brooke Collins. Coach Ruff said, “Collins is a fabulous goalkeeper. She has great technique and confidence in goal. Without her 15 saves tonight, we do not win. She was on it”. The first half went back and forth for the remainder of the half until the final minute when Adri Carnoali assisted Margaret Brewster to give Leavenworth the lead at half time. The second half was much the same until the 16th minute when the pioneers were called for a foul just outside their penalty box, and Shawnee Heights stepped up and scored the free kick, making 2-2, which the second half ended in a tie to go to overtime. In the first overtime, it stayed 2-2, but in the second overtime, the pioneers had a few chances and missed them to put heights away. However, in the final minute, Brooke saves a point-blank shot within her 6-yard box and quickly became what we call the first attacker and got the ball punted downfield. Height only had one defender back, and she took a bad touch, and Senior Alexis Cole took advantage of the poor touch and redirected to Junior Kaylee Shaw who was trailing right behind her on her heels. Shaw took the ball with speed on a breakaway to go one on one with the heights keeper and slotted to the keeper right to get the golden goal to give Leavenworth the win in the second overtime. “Hey, we are a tuff team this year but have been lacking the belief, when things like this free kick have happened in the past nine games, we faultier, and it goes against us. I have been working all season and even this week to get a new mindset, one were we expect to win and that if we continue to focus on that we will get the bounce, and it will go our way. Tonight was a great example of that, we stayed positive, wanted the win, worked for it, never quit or gave up, and with 39 seconds left in double overtime, we got that bounce and capitalized. I hope the girls learn from this and see this and keep believing in this., said Ruff.
Leavenworth is now in second place in UKC League on a 4-1-0 record.
Ruff said he would like to point out Mia Kensinger in this game, I played her at center-back to give us a stronger option in defense, and as a freshman to be thrown in like that in such a big game and play so well, it deserves recognition. I was proud of her and the whole squad tonight.” Sadie Dipman, Sophomore had a superb game in the midfield tonight making Heights uncomfortable and pressing them and winning the ball back for us.
Leavenworth also played UKC rivals Basehor-Linwood two night’s before and won that game 4-2.
Leavenworth is in action again next Tuesday night at Lansing. I hope the community comes out and supports both schools. These are our local girls, and the community should come out and see what they can do.