Second half corner kick not enough for Eudora
The Eudora High School soccer team played its season finale Oct. 17 at 5A Topeka Highland Park despite injuries to key players.
"It was definitely a team we could have beaten," assistant coach Jaclyn Naster said. "Coming off Tuesday, we were a little tired and the other team was very, very quick."
Sophomore midfielder Tyler Hartpence, who was injured last Tuesday at a game against Flint Hills Christian, did not play against Highland Park. Neither did sophomore midfielder Kathy Lewis. Both midfielders are expected to play in the first round of regionals.
Highland Park led the Cardinals 3-0 at halftime, but Eudora added a goal on a corner kick play in the second half. Junior Tighe Van Anne scored the goal on an assist from freshman Jacob Gillihan. Highland Park won the game 4-1.
Gillihan, who scored the first goal in Eudora High School history earlier this season, has enjoyed his freshman season on the team.
"I've been playing it (soccer) for a while," Gillihan said. "I think we'll do pretty well. Scoring that first goal was pretty cool."
Sophomore goaltender Mark Shutt had his best game of the season as he made 20 saves, said head coach Erik Peltzman.
"Mark Shutt had 20 stops," Peltzman said. "The other coach pulled Mark aside and said, 'That's the best keeper defense I've ever seen.'"
Peltzman also said freshman Danielle Gregg and senior Tressie Weide played outstanding soccer last Thursday.
The Cards will find out who their opponent will be at regionals Saturday. The game will take place Monday at the opponent's field.
Naster said the squad used Wednesday's game against the De Soto junior varsity team as a warm up for the regional game. The results of the game were not available at press time.
The Cardinals enter regionals with a 1-5 record in their first year of play.
"We did a lot better than a lot of first-year teams," Naster said. "If we play a fantastic game, it won't matter what happened during the season. I just want them to play the game of their lives Monday."
Peltzman said the team would go back to the basics in preparation for the first round of regionals.
"We talk about how we're a second-half team," Peltzman said. "We want to get back to the basics and see if we can't put a 'W' back in our column."