Lebanon, Mo. — After winning 3-2 over Waynesville in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 tournament, the Camdenton Lady Lakers returned to the field on Thursday, May 16 to challenge the number one seed Jefferson City Lady Jays for the title in their third consecutive appearance in the district championship.

Leading 2-0 in the second half, thanks to two goals by senior Miriam Taylor, the Lady Lakers looked to finish out the game with a knockout and win the district title, a feat last accomplished by the Lady Lakers in 2011

The Jefferson City Lady Jays had different plans, though, and rallied back to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the second half with goals by Eden Hoogveld and Kourtney Betts.

It all came down to an overtime faceoff, and Jefferson City’s Natalie Vance struck gold, scoring the sudden-death goal after five minutes to clinch the district title.

The Lady Lakers’ soccer season ended with a 3-2 loss, and a record of 17-7-1.

Jefferson City (16-3-1) travels Tuesday to Blue Springs South for a sectional contest.

“We came in with a plan, and I thought we implemented it well at first,” Coach J.D. Hunter said. “They’re talented, and we knew that they would keep coming. The team did their very best, and it’s hard to not hang your head after giving up a 2-0 lead, but that’s why you play 80 minutes, or in this case, 85.”

When asked after the loss whether Hunter had any regrets over the season, he answered with a firm “No.”

“We’ve been through so much, with the weather and all,” Hunter said. “It’s been an emotional ride. You play just as much for the disappointment as you do for the enjoyment. If it didn’t matter, than no one would play. You just try to get better, and that’s all we can do.”