Carly Bachelor scored 45 seconds into the fourth overtime and Washburn Rural topped East 2-1 in the Class 6A girls soccer third-place game on Saturday.
The two teams battled for nearly 106 minutes before Bachelor scored on a deflection at the 4:15 mark of the fourth overtime.
“I told them that they put themselves in position to win the game,” East coach Dylan Gruntzel said. “Sometimes, it just doesn’t work how you want it to. I thought we were very competitive, and we had chances to win the game. But against a good team, the littlest of things will lose you a game.”
East (16-4-1) took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Camryn Tatman scored with 6:27 left in the first half.
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Washburn Rural senior forward Katelyn Schroeder knotted the game at 1 when she scored after teammate Alexandra Entz’s header 50 seconds into the second half.
The teams remained scoreless for nearly 65 minutes.
“It was a scrum, and we lost the scrum,” Gruntzel said of the game-winning goal. “It wasn’t pretty, but all goals count as one.”
Despite the loss, it was a successful season for East, which was without Anahy Guevera because of a knee injury.
“It’s very rare for a Wichita public school to make it to the final four,” Gruntzel said. “I’m very proud of this team. Last year, we were 6-11 and no one thought we’d get this far. It stings, but I hope this is something we can build on going forward.”
Halftime: Wichita East 1-0. Washburn Rural: Katelyn Schroeder (unassisted), Carly Bachelor (unassisted). Wichita East: Camryn Tatman.