Mulvane tops Buhler in PKs to reach final four
MULVANE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In their first ever appearance in the state quarterfinals, Mulvane needed extra time--and then some--to keep their season alive in reach the Class 4-1A Final Four.
The only scoring in regulation came within a five minute span in the first half. In the 27th minute, the Wildcats’ Karlie Kanaga took aim from distance and buried a shot just past the near post for a 1-0 Mulvane lead. But Buhler didn’t need much time to respond, with Hali Eddy setting down the the Alex Hutton pass and dropping it in the back of the net.
After half, Buhler controlled possession much of the 40 minutes, but Mulvane keeper Rylie Schiffelbein was big in net, keeping every shot at bay and the teams went to overtime. In fact, they played all four of the extended overtime periods in place for the postseason with no more scoring for either side.
So tied at one, the teams went to PKs. Both first round tries missed, then Kanaga took the second Mulvane try and got it past Buhler’s Jessi Ferneau despite Ferneau getting a hand on the ball. Neither team was able to score in the third and fourth rounds, and then Cassidey Coon finished it out just getting a shot in off the crossbar to send Mulvane to Stryker Stadium. Schiffelbein allowed zero goals in the shootout, three of the four shots she saved.
Mulvane will now face Louisburg in Friday’s semifinal round, kickoff for that set for 5:00 in Wichita. The other 4-1A semifinal will feature McPherson taking on Bishop Miege.
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