NEWCASTLE — Verdigris and Bethany seemed destined for overtime until Cardinals sophomore Caitlyn Hanslovan decided otherwise.
Hanslovan scored three goals during a five-minute stretch late in the second half to lift Verdigris to a 4-1 win Saturday over Bethany in the Class 4A girls soccer state championship game at Newcastle High School.
“It felt amazing,” Hanslovan said. “I knew what I had to do to get this win for the girls, especially the seniors. We knew how special it would feel to get a four-peat.”
Verdigris' girls have won the last four 4A titles, but the first two (2009 and 2010) were vacated by the OSSAA because of the use of ineligible players.
Hanslovan scored all four goals for the Cardinals in Saturday's win; the first came less than two minutes after the game started.
“She just has drive and determination,” said Verdigris coach Stacy Risenhoover. “She's never going to quit on a ball no matter what.
“I hope we're back here again next year. That's our goal from now on. With this group of kids, I think it's a possibility every time we step out here on the field.”
Bethany's goal came in the first half, when freshman Kelsi Bussert scored off an assist from senior Caitlyn Biggers, an Oklahoma State signee.
Before this year, Bethany had never made it past the state quarterfinal round.