Here are your Monday headlines from Lawrence and the KC Metro area:
- Free State topped Leavenworth High 4-2 on Thursday — just two days after losing 1-0 to Olathe Northwest. The Firebirds’ consistency and stamina will be put to the test as they face Shawnee Heights, Olathe South and Olathe North in the next four days.
- A late breakaway and goal from University of Kansas junior Caroline Kastor in double-overtime saved the Jayhawks from dropping a game to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday. The Jayhawks held a 2-0 lead until TCU rallied back with a two quick goals in the last ten minutes of regulation. Kastor’s goal notched a valuable 3-2 scoreline on a crucial road match.
- Sporting Kansas City clinched its spot in the postseason in one of the closest MLS playoff races in recent years. Sporting’s 2-0 flattening of long-time rival Chicago Fire was enough to guarantee the team a playoff berth, though home-field advantage remains up for grabs as the regular season draws to a close.