By Sam Jack
The Eisenhower Tigers boys soccer team went 1-1 through its first two games of the season, losing 5-1 at Wichita East on Aug. 29, then winning 1-0 at Hutchinson on Sept. 1.
At Wichita East, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead about five minutes into the game. Landon Nusser scored with an assist from Chino Martinez. But the rest of the scoring was by East.
“I kind of used the game as a measuring stick to see how far some of my kids can play, so I think I played 25 or 26 kids that night,” Tigers head coach Roger Downing said. “We played hard, but we made some mistakes, and Wichita East has a good team. The beginning of the season is all about learning what you have, to get ready for conference.”
At Hutchinson, the Tigers played a different formation and tried some players in different positions they had never played before, Downing said.
“Just experimenting with different stuff and figuring out what’s going to work moving forward,” he said. “The guys played hard, and as long as they continue to play hard, we’ll see success at some point.”
Casey Shumaker scored the goal at Hutch, with an assist from Noah Gonzales.
“Hutch had some really good players, but we did a good job containing them,” Downing said. “We generated more chances than Hutch did to score, and luckily we put one away.”
This week, the Tigers are competing in the Goddard/Campus Tournament. They faced El Dorado in the first round on Tuesday. Depending on results, they will play either Campus or Rose Hill on Thursday; that game will be at Campus. Final-round matches will be held Saturday morning at both Goddard and Campus.
Colts start soccer season with loss to Andover Central
The Campus Colts boys soccer team opened its 2022 season by hosting Andover Central on Sept. 1, and lost 3-0.
“I knew it was going to be a tough test for our first game,” Colts head coach Casey Reece said. “They’re always a good team, well-coached, and that showed in the game. Our guys definitely were overwhelmed at times with just having a lot of freshmen, sophomores and guys that are new to varsity playing.”
Reece was encouraged that his players kept fighting even as they fell behind in scoring. He credited senior goalkeeper Ian Davis for making some great saves and keeping the Colts within striking distance until the last 20 minutes of the game. Center backs Isaiah Stevens and Michael Umana also made some defensive plays that helped keep the game close.
“Guys weren’t really too discouraged after the game. They see the positives, they see the things that we’re doing well, and I think there’s an understanding that this is going to be a process this year,” Reece said.
This week, the Colts are co-hosting the annual Goddard/Campus Tournament. The Colts hosted Rose Hill for the opening round on Tuesday. Depending on results, they will host either Eisenhower or El Dorado on Sept. 8. Final-round matches will be played at both Goddard and Campus on Saturday morning, Sept. 10.
Lions lose opening game to Derby
The Goddard Lions boys soccer team headed to Derby for its first game of the 2022 season, and came home with a 1-0 loss.
“It was pretty evenly matched,” Lions head coach Josh Hansen said. “I thought our defense played really well through the whole game. Derby found one ball that penetrated our back line, and they took their opportunity on that one. Otherwise, for the 80 minutes of the game, Derby couldn’t get through our back line, which is really a change for us through the last couple of years.”
Senior Dominic Zuniga went out of the game in the second half after receiving two yellow cards, which put Goddard down a man and made it more difficult to make offensive attempts.
“I would say possession was 60/40 for us most of the game, but in the second half, that switched the other way,” Hansen said. “You could see by the last 10 minutes of the game where the momentum really shifted back in our favor and we started getting more opportunities. We just couldn’t find the equalizer, and having one less guy didn’t help any.”
Goalkeeper Ryan Bay made some big saves; Hansen said he considered Bay the player of the match.
“Only losing 1-0 to a really big Derby team, it looked good for us. Obviously not the result we wanted, but we move on and move forward, and get better each game,” Hansen said.
This week, the Lions are co-hosting the Goddard/Campus Tournament. On Tuesday, the Lions faced Winfield in the opening round. On Thursday, depending on results, the Lions will host either Garden City or Buhler at either 5 or 7 p.m. The final-round matches will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.