The Grain Valley girls soccer team was shorthanded Thursday.
But the Eagles didn’t let that stop them from claiming their first victory in program history over traditional power Notre Dame de Sion.
The Eagles outscored the Storm 4-1 in the shootout to claim a 2-1 road victory over Sion, which entered as the No. 7-ranked team in the state in Class 3.
Kierra Arndorfer, Raena Childers, Kailey Larson and Rian Handy converted on their penalty kicks in the shootout for Grain Valley. Goalkeeper Raegan Beeding stopped Sion’s first PK attempt and the second clanked off the right goalpost.
Lexi Arreguin scored off an Arndorfer assist in the 76th minute to send it into overtime. Sion, which had scored in the second minute, and Grain Valley then played two scoreless overtimes before heading to the shootout.
“Really proud of the girls for battling today. We were missing some key players and didn’t play our best soccer for long stretches of the game,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said after his team improved to 9-6 overall. “Says a lot about our resilience as a group to continue playing hard after getting scored on in the second minute and finally tying it up right at the end. Sion is one of the top programs in our area and state and we have so much respect for Coach (Carolyn) Darby and their team. We had never beaten them in our history prior to today.”
Grain Valley, which also received votes in the Class 3 state poll, prevailed despite being outshot 10-4.
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Aliyah Ayala and Meg Lyon scored two goals apiece as the Indians improved to 8-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall.
Elayne Lamb added a pair of assists.