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Blue Dragons Fall in Region VI Opening Round


By Hutchinson CC Sports Information


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The No. 16-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Friday night in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament at the Salthawk Sports Complex.

The Butler Grizzlies scored in the ninth and 76th minute and the Blue Dragons missed a pair of great scoring chances late in the first half in a 2-0 quarterfinal loss.

The Blue Dragons close the 2023 season 12-5-3. Butler (10-5-5) advances to the Region VI semifinals next Thursday at a site to be determined.

Trailing 1-0 after Sakiko Manabe’s goal in the ninth minute, the Blue Dragons had two tremendous opportunities to tie the game.

First Jayda Wyatt had a free kick from 20 yards out, but sailed her shot just over the cross bar. Then with about 1:30 left in the half, the Blue Dragons took a Butler turnover and had a breakaway, Katharina Marx crossed the ball to Maren Lackey, who couldn’t get a clean shot on the ball, which was uncontrolled right in front of the goal until Grizzly keeper Carla Apodaca dove on it.

Hutchinson and Butler had six shots each in the opening half, but the Dragons generated just two shots in the second half.

The Grizzlies scored their insurance goal in the 76th minute when Giselle Nash scored to make it 2-0. Emma Kolbe assisted on both Butler goals.

Blue Dragon freshman keeper Karsyn Slothower finished with eight saves. Slothower finished with 103 saves in her freshman season, second most to Ashley Perez’s 105 in 2005. Her 12 victories tie her with Eunice Figueroa, Caroline Howard and Taylor Camp for the fifth-most wins in single-season history.