Bishop Miege scored three goals in the first eight minutes, 18 seconds and went on to beat Bonner Springs 5-2 in the third-place match of the 4A-1A girls state soccer tournament at Piper High School on Saturday afternoon.
The victory gave the Stags their best finish at state since winning the 5A-1A state title in 2003. It was the first time that Bonner Springs, which is in just the seventh year of its program, had been to a final four.
Leading the way for the Stags was sophomore defender Cathy Rometti, who had a hat trick and an assist.
“We had to move her up front because our leading scorer Abbie Hair suffered a concussion (Friday) night,” fifth-year Miege coach Nate Huppe said.
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Rometti scored the first goal of the game with 36:23 left in the first half, with the assist going to sophomore midfielder Peyton Lazzo.
She came back at the 34:37 mark, beating the Braves’ keeper one on one. The assist went to freshman defender Kelsie Marchio.
The Braves cut the margin to 2-1 on a goal by sophomore Miyah Hightower with 33:10 left in the first half.
Rometti’s corner kick was put in the back of the net by sophomore forward Hannah Belfield at the 31:42 mark.
That ended of the scoring in the first half.
Rometti got her third goal when sophomore Aja Reese’s shot hit the crossbar and rebounded to Rometti, who put the ball in the back of the net with 25:25 left in the match.
Both teams are young.
“We just have four seniors and start two of them,” Huppe said. “We wanted to send our seniors out with a victory.”
The Braves have just three seniors on their roster.