LINCOLN -- The Beatrice girls soccer season came to an end Tuesday after a loss to Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central in the district semifinals.
The Lady O fell in the match 3-0 at Spirit Park in Lincoln.
Lincoln Lutheran scored two of its goals in the first half and one goal in the second half.
Beatrice coach Bryan Heinz said his team played hard all the way through against a good team.
"It was a game we came into ready to win," Heinz said. "Our kids' heads were in it, the warm up was good and everybody was focused. They fought all the way to the last whistle and despite falling behind, they tried to get better throughout the game."
Lincoln Lutheran's first goal came off a corner kick.
"The ball got loose in the box and they got a free shot at it," Heinz said. "I don't know if anybody would have been able to stop it."
Heinz said the second goal came after a miscue by the Lady O defense.
"Their girl got ahead of us and she was able to outrun our girls," Heinz said. "She got one one one with our goalie and was able to finish."
Beatrice had their opportunities throughout the game, including a ball that dropped right at Linda Humble's feet right in front of the goal.
"I thought for sure she was going to put it in, but a Lincoln Lutheran defender just seemed to come out of nowhere and booted it out," Heinz said. "So it's not like we didn't have opportunities."
Heinz said Lincoln Lutheran was a physical and well coached team.
"I really think they are similar to us," Heinz said. They are sophomore-heavy, so they will be pretty tough for a few years like I think we will be. The advantage they have is they're in Lincoln and have more opportunities to play year round. We are trying to change that here."
Heinz said he was particularly pleased with the play of Reganne Henning on Tuesday. He said everybody knows the nice Reganne off the field, but said he loves hos she's found a new personality once she steps on the fie.d
"She has just learned to battle and be physical," Heinz said. "She gets involved in a lot of plays and she does everything she can to make things happen, which creates opportunities. We've seen flashes of it all year, but this was the first time we saw it from start to finish. That's who we want out there and that's why she played all 80 minutes."
It was the final match for two seniors -- Nalin Theplikhith and Jaci Berke. Heinz said he talked to the seniors after the game and told them they can take pride in their role of changing the culture of Lady O soccer.
"They are the class that truly bought into changing the mentality of Lady O soccer," Heinz said. "They were the ones that got the girls going in the offseason and getting more athletes to play soccer and our style of soccer. They helped make my job easier and they left a legacy of helping change Beatrice soccer from just a Spring sport into an actual program."
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