SM East’s soccer team added to a night of successes for the school Thursday by defeating a tough Wyandotte squad on a golden goal in the first minute of overtime, earning a Regional title and a place in the state bracket.
The Lancers put the Bulldogs on their heels early, with junior Clayton Phillips scoring a goal within the first five minutes of play. But Wyandotte, the top seed in SM East’s bracket with a record of 13-1-0 before Regional play began, bounced right back, tying the game with a goal of its own before the half.
SM East’s Luke Ehly gave the Lancers the lead again with a goal shortly after the second half commenced, heading in a corner kick served by Derrick McClanahan. But after officials gave the Lancers a red card a few minutes later, SM East was forced to play the final 30 minutes a man down, giving the Bulldogs a distinct advantage. Wyandotte put in a goal to tie the game with 19 minutes left in regulation, and the score stood 2-2 as time expired.
The Lancers didn’t need long to put the game away again for good, however. Grayson Rapp knocked in a back heel goal just 30 seconds into the first overtime period to earn the team the victory and the Regional title.
SM East will open state tournament play against Olathe East at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the College Boulevard Activity Center.
(Big thanks to Andy Hendricks and Dave Morantz for help with the game recap).