St. Dominic may very well end the spring season as the top-ranked girls soccer team in the nation.
The Kansas City Star
But only by the narrowest of margins. How narrow? Try a couple of inches.
In a Class 2 state soccer semifinal on Friday, Kearney midfielder Allie Hess deflected a potential game-winning header off the post with 4 seconds remaining in regulation. A goal would have helped the Bulldogs upend OFallon St. Dominic, the coaches pick as the best high school team in the country.
Instead, the miss sent the game to overtime. And St. Dominic forward Emily Monroe scored with 49 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, handing Kearney a 2-1 defeat, its first loss of the season.
I thought I had a really good hit on my shot, but I just got unlucky and it hit the post, Hess said. It wouldve been great.
Kearney will settle for a spot in Saturday Class 2 third-place game against St. Louis Rosati-Kain at 10 a.m. at Blue Springs.
St. Dominic midfielder Kristin Wolff opened the scoring Friday with a high-struck shot from 20 yards out that slid under the crossbar. Facing only its second deficit of the season, Kearney responded 11 minutes later when Hess buried her 23rd goal of the season.
After an evenly played but scoreless second half, Kearney ran out of gas in the two 15-minute overtime periods. Goalie Caitlyn Champ made a season-best seven saves, but St. Dominics Monroe pounced on a loose ball in the box in the final minute and fired a shot into an open net.
I thought toward the end, were going to have to get lucky to survive, because we were just dead, Kearney coach Jackie Haller said. Theres nothing left in any of these girls. Its all theyve got.
Class 1: Duchesne 3, OHara 0
OHara survived an offensive flurry from Duchesne in the first half Friday. But the Celtics didnt survive the second.
After a scoreless first half, Duchesne piled in three goals in the second, sending OHara into Saturdays third-place game. The Celtics, 18-4, will meet Springfield Catholic at 10 a.m. at Blue Springs South.
We were under attack in the first half, and it finally caught up with us, OHara coach Mary Haggerty said. Their attack mode just got the better of us today.
Celtics goalie Ciru Franklin made superb saves before both of the first two goals, but she was unable to stick the ball in her hands, and Duchesne cleaned up both rebounds for a 2-0 lead.