Chieftain soccer rallies past Braves in OT
Soetaert notches hat trick in comeback win
THS 4, BSHS 3 (OT)
First half scoring
Anna Deegan (BON), 16:35
Second half scoring
Julianne Jackson (BON), 22:19
Emily Soetaert (TON), 8:35
Emily Soetaert (TON), 7:25
Miyah Hightower (BON), 3:26
Madison Simmons (TON), 2:18
Emily Soetaert (TON), 6:20
Tonganoxie scored three goals in the final 8:35 of regulation to force overtime in a 4-3 victory Friday against Kaw Valley League rival Bonner Springs.
The Chieftains (2-4, 2-3 KVL) trailed by two goals late in the second half, but junior Emily Soetaert cut the deficit in half when she scored off an inbound throw with 8:35 remaining. She tied the game just more than a minute later on a penalty kick that bounced off the hands of Brave goalkeeper Kennedy Bizzell.
Bonner Springs regained the lead on a goal by Miyah Hightower with 3:26 remaining, but another THS junior came up big with time running out. Madison Simmons got a free kick opportunity with 2:18 left, and her shot attempt got past Bizzell and went into the top right corner of the net.
"It's kind of hit or miss whether you'll get it to float over the top, but (Simmons) got the right touch on it that time and good things happened," coach Justin Seever said.
Soetaert capped off the comeback with her third goal of the game with 6:20 left in sudden-death overtime. She now has a team-leading five goals this season.
Bonner Springs grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Anna Deegan scored on a breakaway up the middle, and the Braves took the one-goal advantage into halftime. They doubled their lead on a goal by Julianne Jackson with 22:19 left in the second.
The Chieftains will host Baldwin at 4 p.m. Monday for a non-league game.
"We've just got to stay healthy and keep playing our game," Seever said. "We can't get overconfident. Hopefully they'll enjoy this for a day or so, but we've got to keep level-headed and keep buying into the system."