The Andover Central soccer team finished off another shutout Friday night as they beat the Spring Hill Broncos 1-0 in the state semifinals at College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe. It took 97 minutes before the Jaguars finally came away with the win.
Andover Central had many opportunities to take the lead in the first half, but the phenomenal play of Spring hill goalkeeper Matt Hooker kept the game tied at 0. Hooker had several one-on-one saves as well as a penalty kick save in the first half.
In the second half, Hooker continued to handle the pressure, but Spring Hill fed off the play of their keeper and started to find some life and get several chances. After 80 minutes, the game was still scoreless and headed to sudden death overtime. After one overtime, it seemed as if it just wasn’t Central’s night, as the Jaguars just could not find the back of the net despite getting many good looks on goal. With the game just two minutes away from a penalty shootout, Jackson Lewallen followed a shot that was deflected off of the goalkeepers hands, finding the back of the net to send the Jaguars to the state championship game as the Central crowd roared and the team ran over to celebrate with the fans that traveled all the way from Andover.
Last year, the jaguars made the state tournament for the first time in school history, but ended up losing in the semifinals and finishing third. This year, the Jaguars have the opportunity to play in the school’s first-ever state championship game
The defense has been phenomenal all season, allowing only fourteen goals all year. Since the start of the postseason, the Jaguar defense has yet to give up a goal to an opposing offense.
Andover Central will take on Bishop Miege, who beat McPherson 3-1 in the semifinal round.
The Championship game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 PM at College Boulevard Activity Center in Olathe.