A historic season for Shawnee Mission East soccer ended Saturday in Wichita with a Class 6A fourth-place finish in the state and a 4-3 loss to Washburn Rural. The team ended the season 17-3-1, the best record in program history, gathering KAMO tournament and regional championships along the way.
After losing Friday evening 2-0 to eventual champion Dodge City, the Lancers looked to rebound Saturday in the third-place game.
A team that defended reliably all season suffered a few fatal miscues and gave up a season-high four goals.
SM East jumped ahead early when senior Clayton Phillips scored off of a long throw in from senior Stanley Morantz. Midway through the first half, Washburn Rural tied the game when the Lancers failed to clear the ball from their penalty box.
A minute later, senior Luke Ramey scored off of another long throw in from Morantz.
Up 2-1 at the half, the Lancers again failed to clear a ball early in the second half and allowed Washburn Rural to equalize, but the Lancers roared back once more a minute later when junior Tommy Nelson crossed the ball to Phillips in the box for a goal. With the goal, his 23rd of the season, Phillips broke standout Tyler Rathbun’s record for the most in a season in school history.
A few minutes later, an errant back pass allowed Washburn Rural to tie the game. The Lancers had a couple of chances to retake the lead, but with 18 minutes to play, Washburn went up 4-3 on a penalty kick.
The Lancers threw numbers forward, playing with only three defenders and created several chances, but could not tie the game.
In the championship game, Dodge City beat Olathe East 1-0. Dodge City ended the season a perfect 21-0 and did not concede a goal during the playoffs.
(h/t David Morantz)