Strong second half lifts Maize South over Kapaun
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Heading into halftime, neither Maize South nor Kapaun Mt Carmel were able to find points despite being close on countless occasions. After the intermission, the Mavericks seemed to take hold of the half time adjustments, using them to their advantage to capture a 2-0 win.
Both teams spent an equal amount of time trading shots on goal in the first half. Both goal keepers came away with brilliant saves to hold water and keep the ball out of the net.
After the break, the Mavs went on the attack to add two goals to seal their win.
The first coming on a header from senior Peyton Wilson after collecting the ball from a deflection.
“Me scoring a goal, it just gave us momentum,” Wilson shared. “When we went into halftime and had our team talk, we knew we just had to attack,” he finished.
Wilson’s goal would be matched by sophomore Vitor Geromel who beat defenders into the box before skipping the ball over the charging keeper.
“I just thought that we had to finish the game, and we are going to state now,” Geromel noted.
The Mavericks advance to the final four after a brief hiatus. Head Coach Rey Ramirez says his team showed resilience throughout the course of the season, and especially in this game.
“They were persistent and consistent in the second half, and they showed composure,” Ramirez stated. “There were times where the game got a little sticky, where it got a little difficult. Especially on a night like tonight they overcame every obstacle and they persevered tonight,” he finished.
Maize South will open play in the semifinal match against St. Thomas Aquinas. Valley Center and Blue Valley Southwest makeup the remainder of the group.
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