KC Christian claims title
Parochial schools ruled this year's 4-1A state soccer finals.
In a private school battle between Kansas City Christian and Maranatha Academy, KC Christian came through with a 2-0 win and the state title Saturday at the Stryker Complex in Wichita.
The Panthers finished the season 19-1, winning their first state title after taking second the last two years.
The Eagles ended as runners-up with a 14-6-1 record. Both teams played Tonganoxie this season. KC Christian defeated the Chieftains in the regular season finale 9-0, while Maranatha knocked THS out of the playoffs in the second round with a 5-0 win.
Mill Valley took third at state with a 1-0 win on a penalty kick against Andover (15-6). The Jags finished the season 18-1-2, missing the finals with a 2-0 loss to Maranatha in the semifinals.
The Jags swept Tonganoxie in two games this year, but needed overtime when the teams faced off in the season opener in August.
In Class 6A, Washburn Rural also won its first state title, defeating St. Thomas Aquinas, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday at the Maize Sports Complex in Maize.
The Topeka school finished the season without a loss at 20-0-1. The Junior Blues defeated Wichita Northwest 4-1 in the semifinals, while Aquinas beat Hutchinson, 5-0.
In the only other state competition, Goddard won the Class 5A title, defeating Hays, 2-1, in overtime. That match was Saturday at the Blue Valley District Complex in Overland Park.
Goddard finished the season 19-2, capturing its first state title in its first championship match appearance.
Hays finished the season 14-4-1, while Topeka West and Topeka Seaman battled for third place. The Chargers (15-6) defeated Seaman (16-4-1), 2-1.