Two first half goals by senior Addison Steiner led SM East’s women’s soccer team past SM North 4-0 in the First Round of Regionals Wednesday night. Steiner’s two goals gave her 23 on the season, breaking the school record previously held by Tyler Rathbun this past season.
“I’m excited for her, and I think Tyler would be happy for her too,” Coach Jamie Kelly said after the game. “Anytime you scored 20 goals you’re doing a great thing and I’m very blessed to have coached two players who have done it, especially in successive seasons. They’re special players and they don’t come along very often and I enjoy it.”
Steiner will be playing for Northwestern University next year.
The win improved East’s record to 15-1-4 and advanced them to Friday’s Regional Final against either Blue Valley North or Wyandotte. Along with Steiner’s two goals, senior Anna Sheridan punched a goal in with 18:36 remaining in the second half, and junior Victoria Sabates sealed the deal scoring with 30 seconds remaining to make it 4-0.
“I’m pleased (with the win), I don’t know how you can be disappointed when you win in the playoffs” Kelly said. “Anytime you win in a shutout in the playoffs it’s a good thing.”
Though they scored four times, the Lady Lancers had trouble converting on opportunities at the goal.
“I would have liked to see us score a few more because we had so many chances,” said Kelly, whose team had 27 shots on goal. “But I told the girls offensively everything we did was right except for that final shot, some right some wide, some right at the goalie.”
Kelly anticipates his team will play Blue Valley North Friday, and if so, they’ll have to try and handle Parker Roberts, BV North’s center midfielder.
“She’s a very good player and that’ll be our challenge, to shut her down and preventing her to do things for her team,” Kelly said.
Should the Lancers win Friday, they’ll be on to the State Tournament Qualifying round next Tuesday, May 21.