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Seaman, Topeka West battle to 0-0 double-overtime deadlock

By ISAAC DEER

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Both Topeka West and Seaman’s soccer teams owned the defense in Tuesday night’s United Kansas Conference double overtime 0-0 draw at Seaman.

The goalies claimed their territories in the boxes, defenders were walls and the effort shown by both schools were notable.

LennyNjorogeSeaman 2Topeka West senior Lenny Njoroge (right) tries to advance the ball against a pair of Seaman defenders in Tuesday's 0-0 United Kansas Conference tie. [Photo by Isaac Deer/TSN]

Seaman goalie Ayden Thompson and Topeka West goalie Giann Perez were impossible to score on.

“Ayden (Thompson) is rock solid back there,” Seaman coach Tim Nussbaum said. “He is our anchor defensively and we go where he goes. Ayden is a great communicator and he owns his box. What Ayden does well is exactly what you want in a goalie. He gives it his all and he’s a great leader. I think that showed tonight.

Although Topeka West wasn’t able to net any goals against a tough Seaman backline, the Chargers are making great strides to where they want to be as a program according to West coach Josh Kutter.

“We have to keep working on our focus and growth,” Kutter said. “Lately we have been playing the right way. We didn’t get the finishes we wanted to so far this week, but we are heading in the right direction. I like what I’m seeing in this team.”

Offensively, it wasn’t the prettiest night from either squad. The Chargers and Vikings were itching to score with the slim opportunities that they had Tuesday night.

Topeka West’s Isaac Gonzalez-Talavera and Harrison Lane had a standout game and it seemed like when Seaman had an open lane to the goal, those two clogged it.

“We made some key adjustements on defense that were able to keep some of Seaman’s quick players away,” Kutter said. “Seaman has talented players that can tear up the middle and we needed to do everything we could to prevent them from getting close.”

Seaman’s Brandon Ruelas, Jacob Anderson and Joey Keil had that same grit that kept Topeka West shutdown offensively.

“We are a hard team to beat defensively,” Nussbaum said. “We’re doing terrific on defense and we are seeing some great things from our backline. We have a lot of work to do on the offensive side of the ball. If our defense can keep playing the way they are, our offense will be able to get things going.

The double overtime contest will be tough on both squads.

Seaman (1-2-2) will be tested on Thursday night as the Vikings will hit the road to take on Shawnee Heights (1-3-1) at the Bettis Family Sports Complex.

Topeka West (0-6-1) will play its third game of the week on Thursday night when it hosts Turner (1-2-1) at Hummer Sports Park.

SEAMAN 0, TOPEKA WEST 0

Topeka West (0-6-1)  0 0 0 0 – 0

Seaman (1-2-2)          0 0 0 0 – 0

Seaman – Shutout: Thompson.

Topeka West – Shutout: Perez.