LOUISBURG – The Lady Cat soccer team held up four fingers during their Class 4A regional championship team pictures - one finger for each regional title.

The Louisburg girls shutout Piper by a final of 2-0 at home Thursday, May 17, for the program’s fourth consecutive regional championship.

“Man, what a night,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “We played a really, really good Piper team, and we came out and played very intense and aggressive from the start. I think we set the tone from the start and played really well in the first half.

“In my opinion, I felt we left three goals off the board, but we played really well in the first half,” he said. “The second half, we struggled to put some passes together. It was an awesome game. I am so proud of this group of girls and how hard they worked.”

Midfielder Morgan Messer opened the scoring, drilling a shot into the back of the net on a chance from 25 yards out.

Morgan couldn’t believe it, turning to her teammates with her head in her hands.

Mackenzie Scholtz sealed it with a goal, breaking past the Piper defense and finishing with a hard shot.

Lady Cat keeper Carson Buffington posted the shutout.

Louisburg plays at home Tuesday, May 21, against Kansas City Christian. The winner will advance to the state semifinals in Topeka this weekend.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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