The Skyview High School girls soccer team kept its hopes for a Region III tournament berth alive with a 3-1 win over Seward Saturday.
Skyview, which finishes the regular season with a 1-6-2 record in the region and a 2-6-2 overall record, scored twice from the penalty spot.
Autumn Thurmond converted her penalty kick in the 17th minute to give the Panthers a 1-0 halftime lead.
Seward tied the match up with a goal four minutes into the second half, but Katie Verba restored Skyview's lead two minutes later when she tucked a direct kick from just outside the penalty area into the Seward net.
Shannon Encelewski made it 3-0 for the Panthers, converting a penalty kick in the 50th minute.
"It was a very even game," said Skyview coach Tony Lewis. "We happened to come out on the top end."
Lewis said that his squad was able to take control of the middle of the field after Seward scored, thanks to the efforts of central midfielder Beth Massey and stopper Kari Dudley.
The Panthers are forced to wait for the outcome of Monday's match between Nikiski and Houston to find out if they will be one of the eight teams playing in the Region III tournament. A Bulldogs win and the Panthers are in, but a Houston win would send the Hawks to the tournament instead.
Skyview boys 5, Seward 1
The Skyview boys exploded for five goals to notch a Region III win over Seward.
Matt Materrese scored the first goal for the Panthers, nodding home a ball played forward by Matt Burdick 12 minutes into the match.
Chris Hodel converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to make it 2-0 before the half, and with two goals in the books, Skyview coach Dave Carpenter pulled Dorian Heatherly out of the net and sent him forward in search of another tally.
Heatherly didn't disappoint, finding the back of the net on an unassisted strike in the 50th minute.
Skyview stopper Jason Bedunnah worked a give and go with Ty Edward, netting a goal in the 62nd minute, and Heatherly set up Edward with about five minutes left for the final goal of the match.
"The kids were real upbeat today," Carpenter said. "We were better organized, and the kids felt a lot better about the (lineup) changes. We're looking forward to the region tournament. There's a couple of kids on the region team that didn't expect to be there, and they're thrilled about it."
Carpenter also was pleased to see Mitchell Burdick play a strong game after taking one on the chin while playing goal in Friday's game.
"He played with a lot of fire and a lot of hustle," Carpenter said. "He could have hung his head, but he came back today and played some good soccer."
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