Lady Saints fall in district championship
After a successful season and a first-round bye, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls soccer team fell in the district championship against Lone Jack High School.
The Saints were selected as the No. 2 seed heading into the Class 1 District 7 girls soccer tournament, which was held at Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia. After a first-round bye, they matched up with the three-seeded Father Tolton squad in the semifinal round on May 13.
An early goal from Ana Belen Varona Ortiz put the Saints up 1-0 early, but the equalizer would come just minutes later. The score would remain through nearly the entire second half, but a second goal near the end of regulation by Varona Ortiz would put the the Saints ahead of the host school for good, advancing past Father Tolton, 2-1.
In the championship round on May 15, they matched up with the top-seeded Lone Jack High School squad. It took an overtime period to get to its conclusion, but the Saints narrowly fell in what was an excellent contest, losing 4-3.
A triage of goals in the first half (Ana Belen Verona Ortiz, Celina Skogvoll, and Sigrid Kversoey) put the Saints ahead 3-0 heading into the halftime intermission, but three quick goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half left the score knotted at 3-3.
A defensive showdown ensued for the rest of regulation, but the Saints were nearly able to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities in overtime. Unfortunately for SPLHS faithful, however, the golden goal would come from the hoof of a Lady Mule, ending their season with the 4-3 game-winner.
The Saints end their season at 11-5.
Congrats to the Saints on yet another great season!