KANSAS CITY, Kansas — The Thomas More Prep-Marian/Ellis boys soccer team took a lopsided loss in the Class 4-1A semifinals, but it wasn’t necessarily because the Monarchs played poorly.
TMP simply ran into juggernaut in Bishop Miege, falling 5-0 to the Stags on Friday night at Piper High School.
Miege opened the scoring in the scoring in the sixth minute and tacked on three more goals in the half to take a 4-0 lead at the break.
“It wasn’t that we weren’t prepared for this game, it was just that (Miege is) good. This is what they do,” TMP coach Shea Koerner said. “They’re going for their seventh championship (Saturday) and there’s good reason for that.”
TMP (9-8) will look to end the season on a positive note in Saturday’s noon third-place match against Kansas City Christian (10-8-2), which fell 2-1 to Buhler in the first semifinal. Miege (13-5-2) will meet Buhler (16-2-2) in the championship match at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Miege got on the board on a goal from Diego Olivas off an assist from Ian Quinones. Isaac Ziglinski scored for the Stags about eight minutes later, putting one in from point-blank range off a deflection. Quinn Michaud later scored back-to-back to goals to help push the Stags lead to 4-0.
The Monarchs held Miege to one goal in the second half — a header from Tonny Salas.
Koerner said the Monarchs, who were making their first ever appearance in the semifinals, gave a good account of themselves in the second half.
“We knew there was a chance that maybe we could get back into it,” Koerner said. “But (at halftime) I told them, at the very least, we need to hold them and get ready for (Saturday). The team did a great job in the second half.”
Koerner also credited the play of senior goalkeeper Bobby Cox.
“Bobby was fantastic and he has been for all four years,” Koerner said. “I think he demonstrated that today. Those five goals, none of them were his fault. A lot of it’s on the defense. He knows that and I told him that when he came off.”
Koerner said he believes the Monarchs will be motivated for the third-place game.
“I think after tonight they’re going to be ready to go,” he said.
Saturday’s game will be the last for nine Monarch seniors — Cox, Ryan Karlin, Zachary Braun, Zachary Cox, Ethan Lang, Braden Manhart, Dylan Brown, Sheldon Weber and Logan Shaw.