Rockets Finish Fourth At State
This past weekend the Rocket Soccer team traveled to the Stryker Soccer Complex in Wichita for the 4-1A State Finals. On Friday the Rockets drew the Wichita Trinity Knights for the State Semifinals. The Rockets, on a 14 game win streak, were hopeful for the match. Kicking off the first half, the Rockets battled hard to gain a lead over their opponent. Both sides pushed up and down the field, but Trinity was first to score in the 29th minute of the game. The Rockets were on edge but the game was far from over. Neither side would score for the remainder of the half, leaving the game at 1-0 Trinity. As the next half began, the Rockets were strategizing how to even out to playing field. With frequent scorer Caden Dinkel out due to injury, it was time for another Rocket to step up. Yet again, both teams went head to head, fighting hard for the game. Unfortunately, Trinity would score again in the 49th minute to give them the 2-0 lead over Rose Hill. The Rockets gave everything they had to stay in the game but could not catch up in time. The Rockets lost 0-2 to Trinity sending them to the consolation match against Louisburg High School on the following day. However, when Saturday rolled in the Rocket boys were ready to give the last of what they had for their final game. Jumping straight into the game, each team wrestled furiously for possesion of the ball. Starting off early was Louisburg with a goal in the 8th minute. Determined to come back, the Rockets pushed on the offensive to get back the goal they had lost. However, just 4 minutes later, Louisburg would score again to give them a 2-0 lead. Not ready to give up, Rose Hill fought for every minute of the half. With 9 minutes left before halftime, their opponents scored their third and final goal to bring the game to 3-0 Louisburg. In addition to Dinkel being out, injuries ran rampant through the half as Teagan Cobb and Zachary Hoang also had to leave the game due to injuries. The Rockets made it very far and worked harder than ever, but unfortunately were not able to score any goals in the 2nd half. Securing the victory over Rose Hill was Louisburg with the 3-0 win. The Soccer boys had concluded the season by going out with a bang. Despite unfortunate injuries potentially affecting the games outcome, Rose Hill is proud of their boys for an amazing season with 14 consecutive wins and going undefeated in their league season. They end the season with an outstanding record of 16-3-1.With the many senior starters graduating this year, they hand off the responsibility to the underclassmen to maintain their Rocket soccer pride.