OMAHA — Millard West senior Chaise Pfanstiel had herself a great state soccer tournament and helped the Wildcats win another state championship.
Top-rated Millard West beat No. 2 Omaha Marian 4-2 in the Class A girls state championship match on Tuesday. The attendance for the two girls championship matches at Morrison Stadium was 3,512.
In a state championship match, just one bad moment can cause you to lose the match, but Millard West now has a remarkable 5-0 record in state title matches — each with Jacque Tevis-Butler as head coach, with the most recent title coming in 2015.
Millard West had a dominating season, with an 18-1 record and two wins against No. 2 Marian by a combined score of 7-2.
Pfanstiel scored two goals on Tuesday, giving her five goals in the tournament and a team-leading 21 for the season.
There was a lot of debate this year about club soccer. The debate stems from one Omaha club joining a nationwide development academy league that keeps playing matches in the spring, so its players aren’t able to play high school soccer.
That wasn’t a problem for Pfanstiel because she no longer plays club soccer. Basketball is her No. 1 spot; she’ll play that sport in college at Northwestern Missouri State University.
“It was unbelievable, for a non-soccer player” said Tevis-Butler of what Pfanstiel did in the state tournament. “She’s a finisher, she’s an athlete, she’s a competitor. And she’s didn’t do it by herself. She’s got a lot of talented teammates that are setting her up.”
Tevis-Butler says Pfanstiel is a physical player to defend.
“That’s a bowling ball coming at you,” Tevis-Butler said. “She doesn’t play club soccer anymore, and hasn’t I think since eighth grade. She comes out and plays because she still loves it and she’s just a bruiser. She’s hard to stop.”
The teams combined for four goals during a wild first half. Pfanstiel gave the Wildcats a 1-0 in the 14th minute by shooting a deflected ball into the top of the net from 8 yards.
Pfanstiel scored her second goal of the match later in the first half to make it 3-1 by tapping in a shot just off the goal post when Sierra Schmidt chipped a shot around the goalkeeper.
Millard West’s other goal came on a penalty kick by Katie Stoneburner, and the Wildcats also benefited from an own goal.