KANSAS CITY — To be the best in Class 3 girls soccer, St. Dominic beat last year's best.
The Crusaders won their first state championship since 2013 by beating 2018 champion Summit 2-1 in a game decided by the penalty-kick tiebreaker Saturday night at Swope Soccer Village.
The teams both scored one goal in regulation, neither could find a game-winner in two 15-minute overtime periods and then the Crusaders won the tiebreaker 7-6 to claim the Class 3 championship.
St. Dominic made all seven of its attempts and junior goalkeeper Alli Palmatier came up a save on Summit's seventh kicker to end the game.
“Honestly, I just reacted more than anything,” Palmatier said. “I'd guessed too many times and I just wanted to play it safe and I knew I could get that one.”
The start of the game was delayed almost three hours because inclement weather struck the area when the Class
St. Dominic had successful penalties from sophomore midfielder Jessica Grayek, freshman forward Grace Bindbeutel, junior midfielder Anna Stiffler, sophomore midfielder Kennedy Angus, sophomore forward Logan Racine, and senior midfielders Maddy Stewart and Rachel Livingston.
“This is what I wanted, I wanted to win a championship here,” Livingston said. “To be the one who scored the winning PK makes it that much more special. This game and these girls will be something I won't forget for a long time.”
Summit's penalty-kick tiebreaker goals came from senior midfielder Anna Walsh, junior forward Lauren Tyson, senior forward Lily Schnieders, sophomore midfielder Makayla Wallach, senior midfielder Hannah Higgins and junior midfielder Julia Martens.
St. Dominic also beat Summit 2-1 in a game decided by the penalty-kick tiebreaker April 2.
“This was a game that kept shifting back and forth and we told our girls it was going to be this way,” Summit coach Eric Hill said. “They have an extremely well-coached team and everybody on this field is better for having played in this game.”
Summit (19-4-3, No. 4 in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings), which finished as state runner-up for the third time in five seasons, scored less than two minutes into the game.
That goal came when freshman midfielder Rylie Morris scored off a corner kick by Walsh, a St. Louis University signee.
St. Dominic (26-2-1, No. 3 SS) came up with a quick answer to open the second half.
Just more than a minute after halftime, the Crusaders scored off their own corner kick when freshman forward Jess Larson headed in an effort by sophomore midfielder Ashley Martinez.
“That's been the way this team operates,” St. Dominic coach Greg Koeller said of coming from behind. “I couldn't be happier or more proud of each of these girls. This one was a classic and I'm just happy we were able to pull it out.”
St. Dominic, playing in its eighth state tournament, won the title for the fifth time in program history.
In addition to titles in 2001, 2007, 2012 and 2013, the Crusaders also have finished second in state in 1996, third in 2005 and 2008.
“This is a special group and we have a lot coming back next year,” Koeller said. “I just love this group.”