By Mitchell Kaskie
The SM East girls’ soccer regional final came to a dramatic close Thursday evening after Blue Valley West netted a goal five minutes into overtime, winning the game 3-2 and ending SM East’s hopes of a trip to state.
The high scoring affair at the SM Soccer Complex was started with a goal by BV West in the first 15 minutes of the first half. Other than a couple of good shots on goal, SM East was forced to sit back and defend for most of the half.
“They outplayed us in the first half,” head coach Jamie Kelly said. “Even though we had the wind, they were just beating us to 50-50 balls, they really put us on our heels right from the start. So we basically had to defend for the first 40 minutes of the game.”
The beginning of the second half was a completely different story, and SM East meant business. In the first six minutes, the Lancers scored twice. The first goal came from senior Kelly Pidcoe, then minutes later junior Emma Braasch put in a frozen rope to the top corner of the net to go ahead of BV West 2-1.
But, just as SM East looked to have control of the game and their own destiny, BV West responded minutes later with a goal of their own, and tied the game up 2-2.
The rest of the game was back and forth, but once again SM East was put under pressure and spent a lot of time defending their own net. A controversial call came late in the second half after BV West had seemingly scored the game winner on a high looping corner kick, but was eventually called back by the sideline judge as offsides.
The game ended in a tie, and went to golden goal overtime (where the first team to score wins). BV West took advantage and won the game. SM East ended the season with a 12-5-2 record and a share of the Sunflower League Title.
“I’m just really proud of the seniors,” Kelly said. “With their leadership and everything they’ve done. They really worked hard all season long and did everything we asked them to do. I’m really happy for what they’ve been able to accomplish in their careers on this team.”