The Washburn soccer team fought off several Fort Hays State scoring chances throughout Sunday’s regular season finale, but the Tigers finally broke through with 1:51 left in the overtime, handing the Ichabods a 1-0 loss on senior day at Yager Stadium.
WU managed just four shots on goal, with two of those attempts coming in the second overtime. The Tigers, who saw three shots bounce off the goalpost, finally ended it on Jasmine Beaulieu’s shot from the right side box.
“We did enough to stay in it, but not enough to win it,” WU coach Davy Phillips said. “The girls worked hard to a certain degree, but there’s got to be more belief in the work rate. We’ve got to do a much better job taking care of the ball. We turned it over way too many times and gave them too many opportunities to have possessions.”
Washburn (9-8-1, 5-6 MIAA) had two prime scoring chances in the second overtime, but FHSU goalkeeper Megan Kneefel saved both attempts.
“We had two really good looks — 100 percent chances,” Phillips said. “In the games we’ve been dropping toward the end of the season, we haven’t been finishing 100 percent chances that we were doing in the beginning of the year. In a game like soccer, where very few goals are scored, the really good chances have to be taken care of.”
WU goalkeeper Kaitlin Minnich helped keep the Ichabods in it with 10 saves.
Before the game, Washburn honored its seven-player senior class of Minnich, Kelly Schunk, Presley Wiggins, Rebecca Weimer, Emily Stauffer, Morgan El-Attrache and Olivia Stovall.
Washburn earned the No. 6 seed in the MIAA Tournament and will play at Northeastern State in the first round on Wednesday.
“It’s a new season,” Phillips said. “We’re playing for three games and, obviously, if we win three games we go to the national tournament. What we’ve done in the past is over, and now it’s about approaching Wednesday night with a new chance to go for it.”
Fort Hays State 0 … 0 .. 0 … 0 … 1 … — … 1
Washburn … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 — … 0
Fort Hays State — Goal: Beaulieu. Assist: Schnell. Goalkeeper — Shutout: Thompson, Kneefel.
Records — Fort Hays State 10-5-3, 7-3-1. Washburn 9-8-1, 5-6 MIAA.