Eudora plays season’s best despite 2-1 loss in Manhattan
The Eudora High School soccer team is playing its best soccer of the season, said assistant coach Jaclyn Naster.
"I think it was the best they played all year," Naster said. "If we continue to improve with each game, we'll be able to compete with anybody."
The Cards traveled to Manhattan Flint Hills Christian for a Tuesday afternoon game, losing 2-1. Flint Hills led the game 1-0 when Eudora sophomore Tyler Hartpence endured a scary moment.
Hartpence collided with the Flint Hills goaltender and went to the hospital with an injured vertebrae.
The team was able to maintain its confidence despite the loss of one of its best all-around players.
Flint Hills added another goal and led 2-0 at the half, but the Cardinals answered in the second half. Junior Tighe Van Anne assisted freshman Jacob Gillihan, who scored his second goal of the season.
Eudora sophomore goaltender Mark Shutt, along with defensive players such as sophomore William Bock, and juniors Ian Mater and Michael Woodward, kept Eudora in the game.
"Shutt had an awesome, awesome game he had two or three stops that were just incredible," Eudora head coach Erik Peltzman said.
Tressie Weide, the lone senior on the Cardinal roster, filled in for Hartpence at midfielder and contributed for Eudora.
"The way we dominated without him let me know that with him we would have walked away with a win," Peltzman said. "They've improved beyond my wildest dreams. To see the kids step up and contribute is great."
Eudora will face 5A Topeka Highland Park in its season finale Thursday in Topeka. The Cardinals will play in the first round of the state playoffs Oct. 28.