Varsity Kansas

Kapaun falters in second OT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. —Kapaun Mount Carmel's boys soccer team did everything right except score Friday night in its Class 5A semifinal match against Blue Valley.

Blue Valley (11-6-3) scored on a free kick just outside the penalty box with 2:53 left in the second 10-minute overtime period to win 1-0, sending Kapaun (16-4) to today's third-place game.

"I am proud of the way my team played," Kapaun coach Alan Shepherd said. "We controlled the tempo of the game, but just couldn't finish it off."

Blue Valley senior midfielder Taylor Walter proved to be a prophet.

The match was scoreless and senior midfielder Daniel Assyia was taken down about two yards outside the top of the penalty box late in the second overtime.

It gave the Tigers a free kick and both Walter and senior midfielder Benjamin McDonald were standing over the ball.

"I told him I would take it," Walter said. "And I told him right where I was going to put it — the right corner."

The senior's rocket shot found the right corner of the net.

"That was a nice finish to the free kick," Shepherd said.

Blue Valley coach K. Dean Snell said, "These guys are the cardiac kids. They do so well holding their composure. When we went into overtime, they said it was our game."

It was a frustrating night for Kapaun. The Crusaders had more shots on goal (12-7) but couldn't the ball past Blue Valley senior keeper Evan Wright.

The Crusaders had a 6-2 shots advantage in the first half and in the second half had five corner kicks in the last 20 minutes but couldn't convert.

Kapaun senior Ryan Ball had a shot that was barely saved with 15:52 left in the first half and junior Ian Daley just missed with 8:42 left in the first overtime period.

The Crusaders will play Topeka Seaman at noon in the third-place match.

Blue Valley (11-6-3) 0 0 0 1 — 1 Kapaun Mount Carmel (16-4) 0 0 0 0 — 0

Second overtime—Blue Valley, Walter (unassisted). Shots— Blue Valley 7, Kapaun 12. Saves— Blue Valley, Wright 10; Kapaun, Mashnouk 5.

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