For each of the past three seasons, Maize has made it to the final four of state soccer, coming up shy and taking third place during all three trips. The Eagles are now just a game away from that point after a win over Eisenhower Thursday put them in the quarterfinal round.
The Eagles scored twice before halftime off the legs of Mallory Stegman and Marissa Llama to take a 2-1 lead to the break. Then Taige Webster added an insurance goal in the second to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 win.
Now, following an uncharacteristic 3-2-1 start of the year, Maize has won 11 of their last 12 games and enters the final week as one of the hottest teams in the state.
Their lone loss during that time, however, came to the team they'll face Tuesday with a final four trip on the line: Bishop Carroll. The Golden Eagles won in overtime Thursday over Maize South, playing a scoreless first 80 minutes before Lauren Brooks gave Carroll the 1-0 win.
Elsewhere in Class 5A, McPherson kept their winning streak going with a big 4-0 win over Kapaun, their 13th consecutive victory. They'll play host to Valley Center after the Hornets also won in extra time after Haley Sparks connected on a PK in the second overtime to lift them by Hays. It's the second straight season the Hornets advance to the final week, also reaching the quarterfinals a season ago.