Shawnee Mission East soccer falls in semifinals, will play Washburn Rural for third

Junior Tommy Nelson watches as senior Grayson Rapp competes against two Dodge City High defenders and the keeper for a long throw in Friday evening in the state semifinals in Wichita. East plays Washburn Rural at noon Saturday for third place. (Contributed by Carrie Armstrong)
Junior Tommy Nelson watches as senior Grayson Rapp competes against two Dodge City High defenders and the keeper for a long throw in Friday evening in the state semifinals in Wichita. East plays Washburn Rural at noon Saturday for third place. (Contributed by Carrie Armstrong)

Shawnee Mission East’s playoff run ended Friday evening in Wichita with a 2-0 loss to a skilled, athletic and well-coached Dodge City High team.

The loss dropped the Lancers to 17-2-1 on the season but still leaves the team with one of the best records in program history.

The team’s trip to Wichita marked only the third time a Lancers’ boys team advanced to the state semifinals.

In front of large cheering sections that made the journey from both schools, the Lancers pressed the advantage for the first few minutes of the game, but Dodge City scored with 24 minutes to play and led 1-0 at halftime.

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Lancers create chances and come close to equalizing, but Dodge City scored with 20 minutes to play off a brilliant long shot to go up 2-0.

East pressed numbers forward the rest of the game but could not get through a well-organized and disciplined Dodge City defense.

East plays Washburn Rural at noon Saturday in Wichita for third place.

(h/t David Morantz)