Lady Tigers shut out Conqs

Cowley College freshman and former Winfield High star Michaela Seahorn tries to avoid Dodge City goalkeeper Priscilla Gonzales during Saturday’s Region VI quarterfinal game at Bulldog Stadium.

Freshman Francisca Valenzuela scored off a corner kick in the first half Sunday and the No. 19-ranked Cowley College women’s soccer team made the lead stand in a 1-0 victory against Dodge City in the quarterfinals of the Region VI Playoffs at Bulldog Stadium.

The victory was the third in a row and ninth in the past 10 games for the No. 2-seeded Lady Tigers (13-3).

Cowley outshot the Lady Conquistadors (6-7-1) 9-1, including a stellar save by goalkeeper Lotta Dufva in the final minutes.

“It’s the playoffs — nobody is the favorite in the playoffs,” Cowley coach Roberto dos Santos said. “Dodge City came ready to play, but our girls controlled the game and kept the pressure on throughout.”

The goal by Valenzuela came with 13 minutes left before halftime when she curled in the corner kick for her fifth goal of the season.

“Francisca has a good leg and has stepped up big time for us over the past couple of games,” Dos Santos said.

The Lady Tigers play Butler at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium. It will be the third time Cowley has played the sixth-seeded Lady Grizzlies (12-5-1) this season. The Lady Tigers defeated Butler by one goal in each of the previous two meetings.

The Lady Grizzlies advanced Saturday with a 3-2 upset of third-seeded Hutchinson.

“It will be another tough fight with both teams wanting to get a trip to Wichita,” Dos Santos said.

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