Makayla Toth ended her Maize soccer career by scoring both of the team’s goals in a one-goal victory over Bishop Carroll in the Class 5A third-place match Saturday.
“We’ve been blessed to have someone like Makayla here for four years,” Maize coach Jay Holmes said.
Toth’s goals were mirror images and helped Maize (15-5) to a third straight third-place finish.
“While third place wasn’t where we wanted to be,” Toth said, “we are very blessed to be able to come out and win third.”
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Both teams were aggressive, registering shots early in the match, but Maize controlled the tempo and ball possession for a majority of the contest.
When Carroll (17-4) blitzed the 18-yard box. Maize (15-5) was able to run out on odd-man breakaways. Toth’s second goal came on a nice pass from senior Katie Krier, almost mimicking her first goal, going cross post in the 69th minute.
Carroll’s Hanleigh Allen struck a shot from 19 yards out off the crossbar, almost leveling the match. Then minutes later, Tayrn Lubber scored to pull on a free kick from 23 yards to cut the deficit to one goal.
“We did not lose this game for lack of effort,” Carroll coach Greg Rauch said. “We could have rolled over when we went down 2-0. We continued to fight.”
Halftime: Maize 1-0. Maize: Toth, Toth (Krier). Carroll: Lubbers. Shots: Maize 3-5—8, Carroll 6-7—13. Saves: Maize, Hardin 0-4—4 ; Carroll, McCorry, 2-1—3.