High School Sports

Andover wins — when it scores

Andover boys soccer coach Tracey Repp wants his team to find a happy medium.

The Trojans have won every game in which they've scored. They've scored, however, in five of 11 games.

Andover has played in one game that has not been a shutout. Andover defeated Mulvane 9-1 on Sept. 29.

Though they have a losing record, the Trojans are plus-12 in the scoring column.

"It's been feast or famine for us," Repp said. "I'll be happy if we can just find the middle ground. We can't continue like this, we have to be able to compete in games where both teams score."

Repp hopes his team's 3-0 win over Berean Academy is a step in the right direction. Berean was the top-ranked team in Class 4-1A before Andover handed the team its first loss.

The win is the only one in five matchups with ranked opponents.

"This lets our guys know that they can compete with good teams," Repp said. "It was the only game where we didn't have anyone trying to do too much. It was the only game we've had where we played as a team from front to back."

Tyler Drumm and Garrett Repp, son of the coach, lead the Trojans. They have been the driving force behind the offensive attack. Drumm, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, adds athleticism up front at the forward position. Repp is a crafty ball-handler who makes sound decisions, Tracey Repp said.

The Trojans hope their five regular-season games, against some of the best Class 5A and 6A teams in the area will pay off.

"We knew it was coming, so we've loaded our non-league schedule with ranked 5A and 6A teams," Repp said. "When the playoffs come, hopefully we will have pushed ourselves to another level."

Balanced attack — The Southeast Buffaloes have found out that diversity is just as productive when it comes to scoring goals.

In 2008, Trent Remmich led the City League in goals, while teammate Taylor Knoll led the league in points. This season, the Buffs have one player, Brian Beckman, with double figures in points and none with more than five goals. Southeast has 12 players who have scored this season.

That, along with its physical defense, has Southeast one win or tie away from capturing the City League title.

"We don't have to play through two people this year," Southeast coach Thomas Rhodes said. "Also, it makes teams have to defend everyone, instead of focusing on one or two guys."

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