TOPEKA — The Louisburg Lady Cats soccer team ran into Bishop Meige in the Class 4A-1A state championship game, again.
Louisburg (17-3) fell to Bishop Miege by a final of 4-0 Saturday, May 25, at Hummer Sports Complex Soccer Park in Topeka.
The Lady Cats, in their fourth year of existence, left Topeka with its second straight state runner-up team trophy.
“Today may not have ended how we wanted, but playing 110 minutes this morning and then a championship this afternoon, we earned this runner-up trophy,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “I couldn’t be happier with this group of young ladies. I am so proud to have had the opportunity to coach them this season.”
Louisburg advanced to the championship game with a 5-4 victory against Topeka-Hayden in a game decided by penalty kicks.
After being tied 1-1 through regulation and four overtime periods, the game went into shootouts. Even then a winner was not decided through the first five shooters, going to a sixth penalty kick.
Bishop Miege struck first in the state championship game, scoring seven minutes into the action. Louisburg was down 4-0 at the half and fell by the same score.
Goalie Carson Buffington made some huge saves in shootouts to punch the Lady Cats ticket to the finals.
After a 0-0 game at the half, Mackenzie Scholtz scored the first goal of the semifinal game against Topeka-Hayden.
Topeka-Hayden tied the game with 11:03 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Following four overtime periods, the game went into shootouts. Mackenzie Scholtz, Erin Lemke, Morgan Messer, Trinity Moore and Olivia Barber took the first five penalty kicks for the Lady Cats.
Scholtz put her shot in the back of the net making it 1-0. Buffington made a huge save with the Lady Cats trailing 2-1. Moore scored on her penalty kick, knotting the score at 2-2.
Topeka-Hayden kept the pressure on with a goal on its next penalty kick, taking a 3-2 lead.
Buffington was huge once more, denying Topeka-Hayden. Barber tied things back up at 3-3 with a goal on her penalty kick.
Buffington made a save on Topeka-Hayden’s sixth penalty kick. Hallie Hutsell, the sixth shooter for Louisburg, scored the game-winner on her penalty kick.
The Lady Cats won a school-record 17 games on the season. Louisburg allowed just 20 goals in 21 games, another team record.
Buffington posted a school record 13 shutouts. She had a goals against average of .952 for another Lady Cats record.
“This group made the state finals for three straight years and won four regional titles,” Conley said.
Seniors playing in their final high school game for the Louisburg Lady Cats soccer team were Camdyn Clark, Leia Shaffer, Hallie Hutsell, Kaitlyn Lewer, Julianne Finley and Carson Buffington.
“You girls will be truly missed,” Conley said. You girls are fantastic young ladies and have big things in your future.”
Members of the state runner-up, sectional champion and regional champion Louisburg Lady Cats soccer team are Kennady Wilkerson, Avery O’Meara, Shelby Barnett, Reese Johnson, Erin Lemke, Camdyn Clark, Leia Shaffer, Sammy McDaniel, Olivia Barber, Emma Christy, Catie Lemke, Ruth Minster, Trinity Moore, Kylee Leach, Skylar Bowman, Liz Guzman, Haley Cain, Lillian McDaniel, Hannah Straub, Julianne Finley, Olivia Chase, Andie Matsen, Jenna Ghannam, Hallie Hutsell, Madison Quinn, Missy Meigs, Kaitlyn Lewer, Mackenzie Scholtz, Ashley Moore, Sammy Nepote, Morgan Messer, Sierra Hahn, Nora Van Asten and Carson Buffington.
The Louisburg Lady Cats defeated Kansas City Christian in the sectional playoffs, 3-0, at home Tuesday, May 21, to advance to the state semifinals in Topeka.
Scholtz scored two goals. Messer also scored. Buffington posted the shutout.
The Louisburg girls shutout Piper by a final of 2-0 at home Thursday, May 17 for the program’s fourth consecutive regional championship.
Messer and Scholtz scored for the Lady Cats. Buffington had the shutout.