Butler holds off Neosho 2-1 in Region VI quarterfinal round

Butler holds off Neosho 2-1 in Region VI quarterfinal round

The Butler soccer team scored two goals in the second half and held off Neosho County in the end for a 2-1 victory late Saturday night at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.

The victory puts the Grizzlies (12-4-3) into the Region VI semifinals, where they will face third-seeded Johnson County at 6:30 p.m. at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka. Johnson defeated Coffeyville 2-0 on Saturday. In the other semifinal, top seed Hutchinson, an 11-0 winner over Hesston, will face fifth-seeded Barton, which outlasted Allen County in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.

Butler was locked into a scoreless match through the first half against Neosho, a team the Grizzlies had beaten 10-1 earlier in the season.

In the second half, Butler got on the board in the 52nd minute on a goal by freshman Jaclyn Means. Two minutes later, Means scored again on an assist by Paige Thompson.

Neosho answered quickly, getting a goal less than a minute later by Eliany Parra on an assist by Haley Kinzey.

Neither team would score again, with Butler holding on defensively for the remaining 36 minutes. Butler outshot Neosho 17-4 in the game with keeper Kelsi Langley making one save.

Butler moves into the semifinals for 13th time in program history. The Grizzlies have never lost in the quarterfinals. This marks Butler's closest game in the quarterfinal, matching 1-0 wins over Allen County in 2002 and Neosho County in 2008.