WINFIELD — A four-goal halftime deficit was too much for the Rose Hill boys soccer team in Saturday's Class 4-1A third-place game.
When senior Dom Swindler scored on a header about seven minutes into the second half, the Rockets had hope of making a comeback, as they had tried in Friday night's semifinal against St. James.
This time, Rose Hill didn't score again in a 4-1 loss.
Swindler said he was hoping his score would ignite the Rockets.
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"With this wind, maybe something could happen out of nothing again," he said.
All of the scoring came with the wind, which gusted to 36 mph and blew steadily at 27 mph. Rose Hill won the coin toss and chose to go with the wind in the second half, but coach Jerry Treat said he didn't regret his choice. It looked promising for the Rockets shortly after Swindler's goal, but then a Swindler shot in close missed, and Czyz Taylor couldn't knock in two rebounds.
The wind made it especially tough on Rockets goalkeeper Aaron Parrott, who faced 17 shots — 13 in the first half.
"They had a couple of unbelievable shots with the wind," Treat said.
Kansas City Christian beat St. James Academy 2-0 in the championship game behind a goal and assist from senior James Ryan. Sophomore Mitchell Pivovar had shutouts in the semifinals and final.
Rose Hill0 1 — 1 Topeka Hayden4 0 — 4
First half—Hayden, Kongs (Ortega), Heinen (unassisted), Beck (unassisted), Ortega (unassisted). Second half— Rose Hill, Swindler (Dinkel). Shots— Rose Hill 0-8—8, Hayden 13-4—17. Saves— Rose Hill 1-3—4, Hayden 0-3—3.
St. James Academy0 0 — 0 Kansas City Christian1 1 — 2
First half—KC Christian, Pool (Ryan). Second half— KC Christian, Ryan (unassisted). Shots— St. James 1-10—11, KC Christian 8-3—11. Saves— St. James 3-2—5, KC Christian 0-2—2.