WICHITA— Facing sudden death in a second overtime slot, Jessica Loera made the most of the opportunity and nailed the game winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Wichita Southeast Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s win marked the second of a back-to-back for the Panthers following home competition on Monday against Thomas More Prep.
“We played one of the most aggressive games offensively this season,” said coach Gus Prieto. “We put up 20 shots in the first half against a very talented and agile goal keeper. Our ball control was very impressive.”
After a 15 minute rain delay in the second half, the game continued to be a defensive battle resulting in a scoreless tie at the end of intermission. Another scoring drought in the first overtime period sent the game to double OT. A free kick by Loera was deflected by the Southeast goal keeper. That set up a rebound by sophomore Keely Ireland who swept a pass to Loera who then converted the game-winning goal.
“Our girls have fought and fought through a difficult season but they continue to stay tough through injuries and just a lack of depth,” said Prieto. “If they stick together and work hard, they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with down the road.”
The Panthers improve to 3-9-1 on the season.
Great Bend will host Manhattan in a makeup game on Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. before squaring off against Salina South in road competition Tuesday.