State Soccer: De Soto finishes as 4-1A runner-up
The De Soto boys soccer team capped a tremendous season this weekend at the Class 4-1A state tournament at Towanda Circle High School, finishing as the runner-up after falling to back-to-back champion Rose Hill 2-1 in the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats (18-3) defeated Trinity Academy of Wichita 3-2 in the semifinals on Friday evening, advancing to the title game in the process. After falling behind 1-0 early in the first half, De Soto tied the contest with a goal by Andrew Dowdy to make it 1-1 at the intermission.
Trinity (14-5-2) scored early in the second half to go up 2-1, but the Wildcats were able to answer once again as Travis Hodge found the back of the net with 29 minutes to play. Dowdy scored the game-winner on a header eight minutes later, and De Soto walked away with the victory.
In the championship match against Rose Hill (20-0-1) on Saturday, De Soto once again went down 1-0 early. But with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Luke Zoller scored with a header on a cross from Ethan Rodriguez to tie the game at 1. Rose Hill, however, found the winning tally with 16 minutes remaining in the game.
De Soto defeated Bishop Ward and Piper in the regional tournament and took down Kansas City Christian in the quarterfinals to punch its ticket to state. The Wildcats have now been to the state tournament for two consecutive seasons, compiling a record of 31-9-2 in that span under coach Jessie Smith.
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.