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KC schools take home Kansas state titles

Memorial Day weekend was a big weekend for high school girls soccer. Blue Valley West beat Blue Valley Northwest for the 6A state title and St. Thomas Aquinas avenged their only loss of the season in the 5A-1A championship game. In Missouri, Liberty beat Lee's Summit North to advance to the Missouri Class 3 semifinals.

Blue Valley West girls win state title

Blue Valley West senior Ashley Catrell may have had extra motivation for the Class 6A state girls soccer match with BV Northwest on Saturday afternoon at the Olathe District Activity Center.

“When we played the first time, I broke my pinky and ring finger,” Catrell said. “And they beat us 2-1.”

Catrell scored a goal just 1:35 into the match and got the game-winner with 47 seconds remaining to give her Jaguars a 2-1 victory and a repeat state championship.

It was the first back-to-back titles in any sport in the school’s history and was the fourth for the girls soccer program. The Jaguars finished with a record of 18-3.

Catrell’s first goal was one-on-five.

“I won the ball at midfield and kept on dribbling,” she said. “I put the ball into the right corner.”

Read more. St. Thomas Aquinas tops Wichita Kapaun Mount Carmel 2-1 for state title

The last seconds had finally ticked off the clock, and the bench had emptied into a celebratory mob, and now St. Thomas Aquinas was taking turns hoisting the state championship trophy on the sun-baked turf at Hummer Sports Park.

The Saints had defeated Wichita Kapaun Mount Carmel 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, clinching the Kansas 5A-1A girls soccer state title, and senior captain Nikki Fontana stood in the middle of the Aquinas lovefest and kept bringing the story back to the program.

“We came out with pride,” Fontana said.

After two years of heartbreaking losses at state, Fontana and the Saints had climbed the mountain again, delivering coach Craig Ewing his 10th girls state title since 1993.

“This senior group was so good all the way,” Ewing said. “There are years where you have this group of girls and you just so much want them to be successful because you’ve had such a great experience.”

But if the ending was a sweet coronation, the Saints certainly had to earn it with 80 minutes of demanding soccer against a physical and athletic Kapaun squad that had handed Aquinas, 15-4-1, one of its losses.

Read more. Liberty beats LS North in girls soccer quarterfinals

Saying the Liberty girls simply had motivation to beat Lee’s Summit North in their Missouri Class 3 soccer quarterfinal game Saturday at Excelsior Springs would be a massive understatement.

Lee’s Summit North not only dealt Liberty a two-goal loss earlier this season, it also staged a comeback to beat Liberty in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament. Throw in the fact that Liberty returns several players from last year and has never qualified for the state semifinals, and you see why the Blue Jays were so charged up during a 6-1 victory.

“We came out really hungry because we were in the same position last year,” said junior forward Shea Groom, reigning Gatorade Missouri girls soccer player of the year.

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