Boys soccer wins against Shawnee Mission East 3-2

The team won after going into overtime by shooting penalty kicks Tuesday, Nov. 1

The boys soccer team competed against Shawnee Mission East in the substate game Tuesday, Nov. 1. The team won with a score of 3-2 after going to a penalty kick shootout. Senior varsity goalkeeper Colin Riley made that win possible by blocking a penalty kick from a Shawnee Mission East player. Riley shares how the game went for his teammates. 

“Our energy was really exciting and we were happy to be there,” Riley said. “We played our best to go out there and win so that we could go to state this year.” 

Additionally, boys soccer has not gone to state since 2006, senior Dylan Ashford describes how it felt to make history for the soccer team. 

“Mill Valley soccer hasn’t been to state since 2006 and has never won state,” Ashford said. “This season we have the opportunity to do something great and make history.” 

The team was motivated to win this game after suffering the loss at the substate game last season. Riley shares how he felt during the game and during the transition to the penalty kick shootout. 

“I never really got nervous during the game, but once we went into penalty kicks I got nervous,” Riley said. “Penalty kicks are unpredictable and it is a hard loss when losing to that.” 

Although the team won, Ashford shares how he felt the team did as a whole. 

“I do not think we played our best as a whole,” Ashford said. “We missed a lot of good opportunities. We also worked as hard as we could this season and it paid off and that felt good.”

The team will play at the 6A state tournament in Wichita Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Overall, Riley described what he is still looking forward to regarding the state tournament. 

“I am looking forward to playing with this team and making memories with all of them,” Riley said. “ It is just exciting to be able to go to state and prove how hard we worked this season to get here.” 

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