WICHITA — The No. 9-ranked Cowley College women’s soccer team battled back from a two-goal deficit Saturday in the Region VI Championship game at the Stryker Sports Complex, but the Lady Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against No. 11-ranked Butler on penalty kicks after two overtimes.
Kim McAlpine put the Lady Grizzlies (16-4-2) in front with a goal only 13 minutes into the game. Morgan Houston’s goal, six minutes before halftime, increased Butler’s lead to 2-0.
Marta Aranda scored a pair of second-half goals to pull the Lady Tigers (15-1-2) even.
It stayed that way through two extra periods, setting up the penalty kicks.
The heartbreaking loss ends a record-setting season for the Lady Tigers, who won the most games in a season (15) and advanced to their first-ever District title match.
“I am very proud of the girls. We played a good team and showed how good of a team we had,” Cowley coach Roberto dos Santos said. “We just made a couple of mishaps that allowed them to score their goals.”
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on in the first and second overtimes, but were unable to break the tie.
After the second scoreless OT, the teams each had five penalty kicks to try and secure the win. Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers had a pair of shots bounce off the post.
“Penalty kicks is one of the most inhumane ways to finish competition, but it’s part of the game,” Dos Santos said. “I want to thank the crowd for their unbelievable support throughout the year. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to win the region title. The girls are heartbroken, but they had an unbelievable season and represented Cowley well.”
Cowley will say goodbye to 14 sophomores, including Natalia Lima (15 goals), Leticia Belloni (9), Elsa Pelicant (6), Marta Aranda (5), Lucia Fernandez (4), Manuela Oliveira (4), Francisca Valenzuela (3), Florencia Campodonico (2), Carla Ruiz (1 goal, 1 assist), Jessica Rincon, former Winfield High standout Michaela Seahorn, defender Iku Asari, defender Claudia Labajos, and goalkeeper Makayla Farquharson (0.79 goals against average).