KANSAS CITY — A few weeks ago, Duchesne sophomore midfielder Sophia Goeke broke her left wrist during practice.
The injury may have been a blessing in disguise for the Pioneers.
The refreshed Goecke scored twice in the first seven minutes on Wednesday to lead Duchesne to a 2-1 win over Lone Jack in a Class 1 soccer semifinal at Swope Soccer Village.
Goecke has scored in both matches since her return and appears to be rejuvenated and ready to roll. Her aggressive play from the opening whistle played a key role in the win.
“This feels good," Goecke said. "I'm glad we got off to a quick start."
Duchesne (12-8) will face two-time defending state champion St. Vincent of Perryville (16-7) in the state championship game at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Goeke, who wore a cast on her wrist, scored an unassisted tally in the third minute and then pushed the lead to 2-0 just four minutes later off an assist from freshman forward Angelena Mattingly.
Duchesne coach Pat Turner is happy to have Goeke and her quick-strike ability back in the lineup.
“That's Sophia, she scores them in bunches,” Turner said. “We've been telling the girls all year to come out and get into our game early and that's what they did here. You want to get on the board early, especially in the final four. We've learned from our mistakes from teams past when we don't cash in on our chances. Getting those two early ones settles everybody's nerves.”
The Pioneers had chances to pad the lead, but came up empty.
Junior defender Amanda Maasen ripped a shot off the crossbar with five minutes left in the first half. Goeke had a pair of chances to get her third goal.
While Duchesne's offense stalled, its defense was on point for most of the match.
Lone Jack (17-5) climbed to within 2-1 on a goal by sophomore forward Kayda Kamolz in the 68th. minute.
But Duchesne senior sweeper Taylor McCarthy and sophomore keeper Belle Boschert held down the fort the rest of the way.
“That girl was really fast,” Kamolz said of McCarthy. “They played with one sweeper and two backs so, every time we got it down there, it was theirs.”
McCarthy was grateful for the help from her teammates.
“I'm very happy with how we all played,” McCarthy said. “We played our typical game with our same formation as always. There was so much good communication. We played the team game we need to.”
Boschert earned the win in goal as the Pioneers outshot Lone Jack 7-2.
The Pioneers will be playing for their sixth state title. They won championships in 2009 and 2013-16.
St. Vincent won state titles in 2009, 2017 and 2018.
“We play a tough schedule for this very reason,” Turner said. “We came out today and showed we deserve to be here. If we go out and play our game, we'll take our chances.”