The No. 19-ranked Cowley College women’s soccer team clinched its first-ever outright conference title Wednesday with a 3-2 win against Butler at Bulldog Stadium.
The Lady Tigers 12-3, 10-2 Jayhawk East) finished one game in front of second-place Kansas City (12-3, 9-3) in the conference.
“It was the perfect combination of everything,” Cowley coach Roberto dos Santos said. “To win at home against a good team a day after the Cowley men won the conference title was great. I could not have pictured this before the season.”
The Lady Grizzlies (11-5-1, 7-4-1), who lost both games to Cowley in the regular season, finished third.
Former Winfield High School standout Michaela Seahorn blasted a shot off the crossbar that ricocheted out to Natalia Lima, who sent the put-back over the head of Butler goalkeeper Lexi Winkle with 12:42 left in the opening half to put Cowley on the board.
Butler tied the game three minutes into the second half when Maizi Garwood fired a shot from 25 yards out that hit in front of goalkeeper Lotta Dufva and bounced over her head and into the net.
Sofia Gil headed in a corner kick from Francisca Valenzuela with 36:20 left to play to give the Lady Tigers the lead again. However, Butler tied it again with just more than 24 minutes remaining.
Manuela Oliveira scored the game-winner with 17:20 remaining. Oliveira took a pass from Lima and lofted a beautiful shot from 25 yards out over the head of Winkle.
“The girls embraced what we needed from them and everything just fell into place,” Dos Santos said. “Butler is a good team, but our girls came out prepared and did not want to share the championship.”
The Lady Tigers, who have already set a school record for wins in a season, play host to Dodge City at 2 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the Region VI Playoffs at Bulldog Stadium. The Lady Conquistadors (6-6-1) finished fourth in the Jayhawk West.
“Now that it’s the postseason, every team remaining has a chance,” Dos Santos said. “It is important that we will get to play at home, but it will ultimately come down to whichever team shows up ready to play.”