Summit Christian Academy’s girls soccer team got off to a quick start Wednesday in its Missouri Class 1 state semifinal match at Swope Soccer Village.
Kassi Ginther scored for the Eagles in the third minute of the match against Trinity Catholic, sending the large collection of Summit Christian fans into a frenzy.
However, a positive ending eluded the Eagles, as Trinity Catholic scored two of their three goals off corner kicks and claimed a 3-2 victory.
“The first five minutes when we were up 1-0, I thought, ‘OK, this is it. We’re going to win and go to the championship and make even more school history,’ ” said Ginther, who scored both of Summit Christian’s goals. “It’s definitely disappointing because I thought we could have had it.”
Trinity Catholic scored the game-winner in the second half off a corner kick, when Hannah Dietiker headed the ball into the back of the net.
“Corner kicks, you kind of never know what you’re going to get,” Summit Christian coach Amber Siemsen said. “Sometimes they fall the right way, and sometimes they don’t. I think we could have done a better job defending them. I think it’s a lesson learned.”
Ginther’s second goal midway through the opening half put Summit Christian ahead 2-1, but Trinity Catholicscored the equalizer moments later off a corner.
The Eagles played a solid first half before Trinity Catholic dominated possession and scoring chances after the break. The Titans held Summit Christian to only two shots the final 40 minutes.
“It’s good for us to play a team that’s as good as they are,” said Ginther, who has 86 goals on the season. “This is our first year, and it’s kind of a learning experience. We’ll come back next year and be more prepared to go further.”
Summit Christian will play in the third-place match at 10 a.m. Thursday.