Wyandotte girls soccer falls in regional final

Junior goalkeeper Reyna Espino (0) made a leaping save in the second half. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Wyandotte Lady Bulldogs season came to a disappointing end on Thursday evening with an 8 – 0 loss at home to St. Thomas Aquinas in the 5A regional final.

Aquinas used quick lateral passes to move smoothly down the field, and many times their forwards were able to turn the corner near the Wyandotte end line for crosses into the box. The Saints didn’t finish as many of those crosses as they should have, but more than enough to put up an imposing score.

Aquinas coach Craig Ewing took advantage of his deeper bench, substituting entire shifts of players midway through each half to keep fresh legs on the field.

Despite the eight goals allowed, Bulldogs goalkeeper Reyna Espino played an inspired game. Under pressure the entire 80 minutes, she made several remarkable saves, leaping to tip the ball over the bar and diving to the side to gather in an Aquinas liner.

Espino played even more aggressively in the second half, coming way off her line to intercept Aquinas attackers. Although it caused the Saints to rush and miss some shots, her risky approach failed her three times when Aquinas put the ball into an empty net off a tip or rebound.

Senior midfielder Cheyanne Woltkamp played with abandon in her last game at Wyandotte. She hounded Aquinas ball handlers relentlessly at both ends of the field and disrupted attacking runs with physical tackles.

The Wyandotte Lady Bulldogs had their best season ever, romping through the Kansas City – Atchison League and compiling a 12-3 regular season record. Wyandotte beat Schlagle on Tuesday evening to get to the final game.

Aquinas, ranked the sixth best team in Kansas by MaxPreps, moves on to the state quarterfinals and will play Blue Valley Southwest on May 22.

Wyandotte senior midfielder Cheyanne Woltkamp (39) pursued Aquinas midfielder Amanda Hamm (14) before catching her along the right sideline. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Freshman defender Joselyn Toraya (28) won a ball in the air. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Wyandotte junior forward Semira Gebrezgabher (30) fought to clear the ball past Aquinas senior forward Olivia Chalabi (3). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Wyandotte junior defender Pamela Rosales (41) headed the ball out of the Wyandotte end. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Cheyanne Woltkamp collected a pass in the Aquinas end. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Freshman defender Joselyn Toraya (28) prepared to clear the ball. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Semira Gebrezgabher and Aquinas junior defender Meg Ramaekers (12) attempted to get control of the ball. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Cheyanne Woltkamp threw herself in front of a kick from Aquinas senior defender Kat Miller (11). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Wyandotte coach Josh Wikler encouraged the team after the loss, calling them a model for future teams to look up to. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Signs of construction were all around as the historic Wyandotte High School building undergoes extensive renovations. The entire plumbing system is being replaced, and a medical sciences lab, culinary lab, and other specialized learning areas are being added. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

3 thoughts on “Wyandotte girls soccer falls in regional final”

  1. The Lady Bulldogs had a great season! We are so very proud of them and look forward to an even better season next year! Congratulations to our Coach of the Year, Josh Wikler, and Assistant Bre Brandenburgh for all your hard work, both on and off the field, with our young ladies. You are all making a difference!

  2. My daughter plays for Aquinas and we were at your beautiful school yesterday. I was sincerely and utterly impressed with the heart of your soccer team, particularly your amazing goal keeper. You played the Saints tough and gave it your all. I loved seeing such great sportsmanship and leadership. The ladies at the gate were so friendly, loved your police officer, and we enjoyed the stadium views. Just especially proud of your young women, and their tenacity and clean style of play. Again, Goalie, you rocked. Loved watching you. That was a hard job, and you did it with grace and consistency. Amazing job, Lady Bulldogs. This St. Thomas Aquinas Saints mama is really proud of you. Was a blessing to watch you play yesterday. God bless you all.

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