Katzer scores twice as BHS girls beat Tonganoxie
Baldwin 3, THS 2
First half scoring
Jessie Katzer (BAL), 23:37
Taylar Morgan (TON), 6:50
Second half scoring
Jessie Katzer (BAL), 16:20
Sierra McKinney (BAL), 12:48
Mackenzie Price (TON), 5:27
Tonganoxie Jessie Katzer scored a goal in each half and Sierra McKinney added the decisive score on a penalty kick to propel the Baldwin High girls to a 3-2 win Monday at Tonganoxie.
The Bulldogs drew first blood when Katzer broke free down the middle of the field and ricocheted a shot off the top post and into the net with 23:37 left until halftime, and a back-and-forth battle ensued for the next several minutes. Tonganoxie's Taylar Morgan evened the score with 6:50 left in the period, and neither team found the net again before the break.
Both teams battled for possession early in the second half, but Katzer broke open the tie with another breakaway goal with 16:20 remaining.
"(Katzer) is able to get up from and get one-on-ones because she's able to maneuver and get around people, then she uses her strength to beat them," coach Erryn Kindle said.
The Bulldogs doubled their advantage less than four minus later when Sierra McKinney scored on a penalty kick, making it 3-1 BHS with 12:48 remaining.
"Obviously, at the end of the game, that came in handy," Kindle said of McKinney's score. "It's always nice to get as many goals as you can, and having that cushion makes it that much better."
Despite falling behind by two goals, the Chieftains didn't go down without a fight. Mackenzie Price, who came up just wide on a shot attempt after McKinney's penalty kick, cut the deficit in half when she bounced a shot off the right post and into the net with 5:27 left.
That's as close as THS got, though, as Baldwin's defense stiffened in the final minutes. Emily Soetaert broke free down the left side of the field with time running out, but her final shot was corralled with three seconds remaining.
"I know Tongie has come back from down before, so we were mostly just trying to keep them calm," Kindle said. "Once play started, we seemed to stay calm and maintain possession. I was confident."
The Bulldogs will try to keep the momentum in their favor Thursday when they take on reigning Class 4-1A state champion Topeka-Hayden.