Varsity Kansas

Maize seniors continue winning trend

Maize is one game away from its second undefeated girls soccer regular season in three years, although you won't hear the players talking about it.

Maize (15-0) finishes the regular season Friday against Northwest, which has lost three straight.

"I think it's something the girls aren't even worried about," Maize coach Jay Holmes said. "They just focus on the task at hand, one game at a time."

Maize is coming off a 9-1 win over Heights, one of the two teams that kept them from a perfect regular season last year.

The Eagles also defeated Salina Central 2-0 in late April, avenging its other 2010 regular season loss.

"Collectively, the girls are probably playing the best soccer of the year at this point," Holmes said.

The Eagles came into the season with three goals: Win the Titan Classic, the AV-CTL Division I title and return to state.

They've already accomplished the first two.

If Maize makes it to state, it will its fifth consecutive trip.

"This group of seniors, like the group of seniors last year, have the opportunity to get back to state for the fourth time," Holmes said. "That's pretty special for that group of seniors."

Carroll gaining — Kapaun won its eighth consecutive City League title this season. For the second time, the Crusaders had to share the title with rival Carroll.

Both teams finished with 7-0-1 league records. They tied 1-1 on April 26.

"I'm not going to lie and say that players and coaches weren't a little disappointed on both sides when they walked off the field with a tie," Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. "At this point, until someone knocks Kapaun off their throne, sharing it is better than second."

Since the tie, Carroll's offense has exploded for 19 goals in four games. Nine players scored at least one goal during the stretch.

"They've held possession well all season, but now they are finding a purpose in the final third of the field," Rauch said. "Instead of just hold the ball they're looking to attacks teams' weak spots."

Carroll is host to Goddard in it final regular-season game.

Growing up — Goddard doesn't have a senior on the roster, and coach Scott Harder has relied on freshmen Jaclyn Means and Kayleigh Moore to take control of the offense.

The two have combined for 22 of the Lions' 44 goals this season.

"They are a tremendous help," Harder said. "Those two work super-hard and they work well together. They play together year-round and that's obviously made a difference."