Boys soccer defeats Shawnee Mission South 3-2

The Jags will advance to regionals championship after winning their first postseason game on Tuesday, Oct. 23

Anna Owsley, JagWire reporter/photographer

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  • Before the game, the boys soccer team huddles up for a pep talk. “It’s the post season, so [losing] is always at the back of our minds and they scored two,” senior team captain Jake Ashford said. “Especially at the second part of the second half, it was close.”

  • Pushing past a defender on the opposing team, senior Brock Denny dribbles the ball down the field.

  • After receiving the ball, senior Eric Melendez dribbles the ball past an opposing team member.

  • Taking the ball from the opposing team, senior Jake Ashford uses the opportunity to pass the ball to a teammate.

  • After scoring the first goal, senior Jake Ashford is congratulated by junior Ian Carroll.

  • The Jags celebrate after scoring the first goal of the game.

  • Cheering on the boys soccer team, junior Jacob Contreras bangs on the bleachers and shouts at the opposing team.

  • Attempting to get the ball past the opposing team player, junior Wesley Sirivongxay uses a skill.

  • After stealing the ball from the opposing team, junior Will Coacher takes the ball up the field.

  • Seeing the open goal, junior Bennett Doyle takes the opportunity and shoots.

  • In the first ever Hot Dog Race, junior Gavin Fangman runs down the field dressed as a hot dog with ketchup in an attempt to win.

  • At the beginning of the second half, senior Jake Ashford takes the ball from the opposing team and run it down the field.

  • After receiving a pass from a teammate, sophomore Greyden Gustafson takes the ball down the field.

  • Attempting to keep the ball in bounds, senior Jake Ashford uses his back to shield the ball from opposing players.

  • After the end of the game, students form a tunnel for the boys soccer team to run through.

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Boys soccer beat Shawnee Mission South 3-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 23, earning a spot in the regionals championship game.

Eight minutes into the first period, Jake Ashford scored the first goal of the game off a pass by junior Riley Ferguson, giving the Jags a 1-0 lead.

“Riley [Ferguson] made a great run out wide and I just ran the box,” Ashford said. “He played it right to my foot.”

Senior Caleb Brown scored 22 minutes into the first half. With the score at 2-0 for the Jags, the team was set up well for the rest of the game, according to Brown.

“We made our presence known pretty early and got a good lead in the beginning, so we didn’t have to try and hold them off the whole game,” Brown said.

Ashford extended the Jags’ lead to 3-0 with 18 minutes left in the first period, defeating SMS’s weak line of defense.








“Their players sort of messed up, I don’t know if [their player] didn’t see me or what he was thinking, but he sort of just played it right to me, so it was easy [to score],” Ashford said.

SMS scored a goal two minutes into the second half, bringing the score to 3-1. Junior Bennett Doyle thought the lack of team unity and overconfidence was the cause for their weaker performance in the second half.

“We just couldn’t communicate out of the back. Second half, we just got a little too cocky. We just let them come back into the game,” Doyle said. “We weren’t ready for them.”

With thirty minutes left in the second period, SMS scored the last goal of the game. This ended the game with a score of 3-2 to the jags. Vomhof perceived the team’s lacking defense as a result of players’ slower field movement.

“It started with some people not getting back. We fought for a ball, didn’t get it cleared well enough and it came across,” Vomhof said. “The second [goal they scored], we were slow getting back and they won the ball in transition.”

While the outcome of the game advances the team to the regionals championship, Doyle believes the ending score may also cause other 6A teams to perceive the Jags as less of a threat.  

“I think teams might see the score [of this game] and underestimate us a little bit,” Doyle said. “Seeing we only beat a 15 seed by one goal, they may take us a little light.”

Regionals and state are a unique experience this year because of the switch to 6A, so the Jags will have to face teams they are unfamiliar with, according to Vomhof.

“[This game] gets us to play on Thursday against Shawnee Mission West, which will be a tough game … kind of like tonight,” Vomhof said. “We haven’t seen these schools before so we are kind of going against blind opponents.”

Boys soccer will play in the regionals championship game against SMW on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m.

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