Bishop Miege made a valiant comeback in the second half against Wichita Trinity Academy, tying the game, but lost 3-2 on a goal in the last two minutes of the first overtime in the Class 4A-1A state semifinals at Piper High School.
With the match tied at 2-2, the Knights dominated play in the first 10-minutes, golden-goal overtime period.
Senior midfielder Caroline Zielke played the ball from the left toward the right side of the penalty area.
Stags senior keeper Shea Myer came out and appeared to have the ball, but senior Grace Linton came away with the ball and her shot found the far post from about 10 yards out. The goal came with 1:32 left in the first overtime period.
The Stags trailed 2-0 at halftime but scored two second-half goals off corner kicks.
“They played really well in the first half,” Stags coach Nate Huppe said. “We played phenomenal in the second half.
“We could only get two goals, but could have had four.”
The Stags cut the margin to 2-1 on a goal by junior Abbie Hair off a corner by sophomore Cathy Rometti with 35:26 left in the second half.
It was another Rometti corner kick that sophomore Zoey Skettehaugh put in the net with 11:27 left in regulation.
“We had chances to score in the last 10 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net,” Huppe said.
In the other semifinal match, Bonner Springs took a 1-0 leadon a goal by junior Shelbey Taylor with 35:37 remaining in the first half.
But after that it was all two-time defending champion Topeka Hayden as the Wildcats advanced to the state championship game against Wichita Trinity Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday with a 3-1 victory.
The Wildcats tied the match at 1-1 on a long free kick goal by junior Kirah Lohse with 15:29 left in the first half.
They scored twice in the second half. One came on a header by Addie Barry off a corner by sophomore Jordan Lenherr with 34:09 remaining in the match.
The final goal by Lenherr came with just 6:37 left in the match.
This is the farthest that the Braves have advanced in 4A-1A state play.
The Braves, 13-7, meet Bishop Miege, 12-7-1, at noon in the third-place match.
The loss for Miege snapped an eight-game winning streak.