In the second rematch of last season’s third-place game in the state in Class 3 girls soccer, Ft. Zumwalt South evened the score.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-8, 7-3) clinched second place in the Gateway Athletic Conference Central with a 2-1 victory over Washington (12-9, 4-6) Tuesday at Zumwalt South.
Holt captured the league title with a 9-1 conference record. Washington tied for fourth place in the final standings.
The Lady Jays won a prior meeting with Zumwalt South this season at Scanlan Stadium, 1-0 on a penalty kick tiebreaker.
“Overall we played a decent soccer game,” Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer said. “We scored off a great free kick from (Megan) Yenzer to (Taylor) Bauer, who was able to find the net with a great header. South’s first goal was somewhat of weird play with a few bad bounces, but their second goal should have been prevented. We were caught flat-footed on a goal kick and their best player ran in front of us and took the ball at our keeper without any defensive pressure. If we aren’t flat-footed and we are ready to win that goal kick the game would have ended tied possibly and we could have taken our chances in (overtime) or (penalty kicks). That one lapse of effort ended up being the deciding factor tonight.”
Mary Beth Reust played the full game at goalkeeper for the Lady Jays, coming up with eight saves.
Zumwalt South goalkeeper Mackenzie Gan was 1-2 in save opportunities.
Kylie Cushing and Ava Tankersley scored the two Zumwalt South goals with assists from Lexi Heck and Claudia King.
All three goals were scored in the first half.
“I felt like we really won the second half battle, but just could not get our game plan in our minds and working,” Fischer said. “One more regular season game left to work on some things and then we will take our shot in postseason play.”
Washington concluded the regular season Thursday against St. Francis Borgia Regional. The Lady Jays play Rolla at Union in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals Monday at 7 p.m.