WICHITA — The No. 15-ranked Cowley College women’s soccer team saw its most impressive season in the history of the program come to an end Wednesday with a 5-1 loss to No. 7-ranked Hill College in the semifinals of the Plains District Tournament at the Stryker Sports Complex.
The 14 wins by the Lady Tigers (14-4) were the most in the history of the program. Cowley also captured its first-ever conference title and won its first-ever playoff game.
“I am so proud of these girls — they embraced the challenge and came to Cowley knowing we had work to do as a program,” Cowley coach Roberto dos Santos said. “Hill is a great team. We did a good job of slowing them down early, but we had some defensive lapses that cost us in the second half.”
The Lady Tigers actually led 1-0 less than 10 minutes into the game when Manuela Oliveira sent a well-executed corner kick into the box, where freshman Leticia Belloni corralled the ball and sent a shot past the diving keeper.
Hill tied it with 22:08 left in the first half.
The Lady Rebels (14-2) broke the game open in the second half.
Hill was set to face Seminole State (18-0-2) on Thursday for the District championship.
Cowley will say goodbye to nine sophomores who helped the program to win 10 more games than a season ago: Lidia Vicente, Livia Souza Silva, Letycia Bonifacio, Kamila Mroziewicz, Yolanda Caniz-Lopez, Brooke Lacy, Megan Rush, Jessica Mendez and Julissa Gonzales.
“I am very grateful for the work these ladies did,” Dos Santos said. “I am happy they will be leaving having helped written history for the program. We have set the standard for the next generation and now need to build on their leadership,” Dos Santos said.