LOUISBURG — Junior forward Erin Lemke made sure the Louisburg Lady Cat soccer team left the field with a victory on senior night.

Lemke scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second half against the rival Spring Hill Lady Broncos in a 2-1 victory Thursday, May 9.

“The past couple days we spoke about playing for each other and honoring our seniors,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “Our girls played with a massive amount of heart and energy and defended like our lives depended on it.

“The line, ‘bend don’t break’ fit our defense,” Conley said. “We were missing two starters, and it was amazing watching the girls step up. It didn’t matter how big or small the task was, the girls stepped up.”

Louisburg recognized seniors Camdyn Clark, Leia Shaffer, Hallie Hutsell, Kaitlyn Lewer, Julianne Finley and Carson Buffington.

Clark, who was injured and missed most of the season, returned to the field and played three minutes on senior night.

“Seniors, thank you and congratulations for everything that you accomplished during your time in the Louisburg girls soccer program,” Conley said. “You are going to be greatly missed, but we aren’t done yet. I am so proud of you girls.”

Mackenzie Scholtz scored a great ball through the Spring Hill defensive line, past the center back. Scholtz put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Kaylen Dawson scored for Spring Hill on an assist from Grayson Murphy.

Lemke put the game-winner away on a great counter attack by Louisburg.

Buffington was a wall in front of the net for the Lady Cats. She made some incredible one-hand saves and denied Spring Hill on several quality chances.

Spring Hill had 11 shots on goal. Buffington allowed just one goal.

Louisburg took just three shots on goal, but scored on two of them.

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

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