The Lancers are rolling after finishing off the KA-MO tournament with a 7-1 win against Topeka High and taking home the trophy for the first time in school history on Saturday. They started the final off with a slow start with Topeka tying it up at 1 early in the first half. East proved themselves superior with passing and finishing, scoring 6 more goals, spread amongst the team evenly.
After their good start, the Lancers had their first real test of the season against Olathe East Hawks on Tuesday. Over the past five years, this game has become a heated rivalry, with no more than two goals scored each year. This tradition continued on Tuesday, and the hard-fought game ended in regulation at 0-0. The Lancers had numerous shots on goal, but were unable to find the back of the net, along with a few good looks on goal from the Hawks.
East continued to pound on the opposition’s keeper in the ‘golden goal’ style of overtime. The first goal scored in two 10 minute overtimes would be the end of the match, otherwise it would stand as a tie. Finally the chance came along with a cornerkick from junior Clint Dunn which dropped to junior Tyler Rathbun’s feet at the top of the box. Rathbun took a touch and stuck it into the bottom left corner past the Hawks’ keeper.
After a solid 4-0 start the lancers are looking to stay undefeated tonight at the SM Soccer Complex against Shawnee Mission North. Junior Jack Sernett will return after two weeks out with a concussion, giving the Lancers extra strength defensively. Offensively, they haven’t had any trouble finishing with 20 goals in 4 games. They look to continue this offensive success tonight against the Indians. Tune in on smeharbinger.net to watch a live broadcast of the game tonight at 7.