TOPEKA — There’s no tougher game to play emotionally than a third-place game at state.
Less than 24 hours after losing a heart-breaking 1-0 overtime semifinal decision to eventual champion Bishop Miege in the Class 4-1A Soccer Final Four, the Bullpups found themselves in another overtime game this afternoon.
This time the outcome went MHS’ way as a goal off a corner kick gave it a 2-1 victory over DeSoto and the third-place plaque.
Alayna Wallace hit the corner kick to Aislinn Hughes, who completed what should be an All-State season with her 24th goal 7 minutes into the extra session.
MHS had trailed 1-0 at the half and was still scoreless with 6 minutes to go when Heidi Myers scored only her second goal of the year to tie the game.
MHS coach Chris Adrian was happy for his team, which finished a 16-3-1 season. He noted it played hard throughout the tournament and admitted Friday’s game could very well have been the championship game since Miege routed Wichita Trinity Academy 4-0 in today’s finals.
“It sure felt that way,” Adrian said. “Miege was the best team. We were just too timid against them. They have a great defense.”