Defending Class 6A state champion Blue Valley Northwest trailed by a goal twice, but came back to beat Olathe South 4-2 in a state quarterfinal match Tuesday night at BV Northwest.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead when the Huskies goal keeper attempted to kick a ball rolling toward the goal and missed, giving up an own goal with 33:01 left in the first half.
“The first shot on goal in the game was by us,” BV Northwest coach Rick Pribyl said. “If that had been the only goal in the game it would be a weird way to lose, but I’ve seen things like that happen before.
“But we were able to come back and we are able to win the game.”
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The Huskies tied the game with 5:55 left in the first half on a goal junior defender Andrew Binder.
Olathe South took another lead on a goal at the 30:45 mark in the second half by sophomore defender Cameron Thomas Waldo.
The Huskies tied the match three minutes leader on a goal by senior Danny Alter and took the lead at the 20:16 mark on a goal by junior Jordan Stenberg.
They put the game away when senior Trevor Kerns’ pass found junior Peyton Brown for the fourth goal with 6:07 left.
“They are the defending state champions, but we battled them hard,” Olathe South coach Will Stoskopf said. “We had the lead twice, but they responded to the adversity. I’m proud of my guys.”
This will be the fifth consecutive time that the Huskies will be in the state semifinals.
“We wanted to keep the ball on the ground, so that we could control the game,” Pribyl said.
He praised the play of his three defenders – junior Harris DeWoskin, Alter and Stenberg.
The Huskies had nine corner kicks to just four for the Falcons and had an 13-7 advantage on shots on goal.