Varsity, JV improve on the season with Free State wins

The Gardner Edgerton High School Lady Blazers soccer team was at home April 28, facing off against Free State High School of Lawrence.

In the end, the team secured its first winning record in the regular season since the Frontier League days. While play wasn’t always pretty, the team pulled out a win to improve their record to 8-3-1 on the season.

After being down 1-0 with about 25 minutes left, the Blazers made a slight tweak with 10 minutes left. Lily Marshall found Brenley Cunningham for the equalizer with three minutes left in the game. In double overtime, Abri Leiker stayed composed after a bad first touch and found a slot ball to Marshall, who made about a 50-yard run at the goal and put in the game- winner.

“This team’s heart is unmatched and continues to find a way to get the result,” head coach Derek Wilson said.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity improved its record to 7-5 on the season with a home win against Free State.

The Blazers got the night started when centerback Alissa Groff found Maddie Carman, who put away a ball in the side net. Late in the first half, Kate Sanders found Paige Noth for what would end up being the game-winner.

The junior varsity held on with only one substitute in the second half to secure the 2-1 victory.

“I am very proud of this group as I have taken their top players for the second half the last few games, and they just keep battling to the end,” Wilson said.