The most successful season in the history of the Grain Valley boys soccer program came to a disappointing end Tuesday night.

The most successful season in the history of the Grain Valley boys soccer program came to a disappointing end Tuesday night.

No. 2 seed Warrensburg downed the third-seeded Eagles 2-0 in Class 2 District 13 soccer action at Grain Valley High School.

Warrensburg’s Matthew Spalding scored the game-winning goal in the 14th minute and the Tigers added an insurance goal with just more than six minutes left in the half to advance to Thursday’s title game against No. 1 seed Harrisonville.

“It sucks to lose and to have the season end like this,” Eagles senior goalkeeper Hunter Bajkowski said as his teammates congratulated him for a stellar performance in the losing cause.

“I’ve been a part of the program for four years and this is the first year we’ve had a winning record. We’re all disappointed – really disappointed – but we're proud to be a part of this team, to be a part of this program.”

Second-year head coach Jon Thompson kept his postgame message short and positive.

“Overall, the guys did a good job maintain pressure on Warrensburg,” Thompson said after the Eagles closed the curtain on a 13-10 season. “I’m not a pragmatic coach, I work off a philosophy.

“I want my guys to work off a basic skill set. I favor possession over brute force – it’s what we do.”

The Eagles had four legitimate scoring opportunities in the first four minutes of the second period, but Tigers goalkeeper Kyle Denker rose to the occasion.

His most impressive stop came when he dove to his left and batted away a point-blank shot that was headed to the back of the net.

“Our guys hear the noise from the bleachers and the blood rushes to their head and they don't make the passes – the important passes – they make at midfield,” Thompson said. “We talked about showing composure at halftime.”

Perhaps a rushed shot or two played a role in the Eagles’ shutout loss, but overall Thompson was pleased with his team’s final game of the 2012 season.

“By my estimation, we dominated possession 65 percent of the game,” the Eagles coach said. “That’s a high possession – we just need to learn to finish.”