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By Anthony Jones
A 1450 day streak without a playoff loss by Triad girls soccer came to a close last week.
Their first postseason loss since 2019 came against the Glenwood Titans, who hosted their May 30 Super-Sectional match. The hosts entered with a 19-4-1 mark in comparison to Triad’s 15-7-3 mark.
Triad produced the first promising shot of the evening, as Caty Burton directed a bouncing ball towards the Glenwood net. A diving save kept the scoreless draw intact.
The only shot to find the back of the net in the first half belonged to Glenwood’s Rylann Law, who pushed the Titans ahead 1-0 midway through the half.
Law also tallied the first goal of the second half, pushing Glenwood ahead 2-0 with 26 minutes remaining.
The home side’s standout sophomore later picked up a hat trick with 13 minutes remaining. Law scored twice more in the following minutes for a 5-0 final.
Despite the loss, Coach Matt Bettlach was proud of Triad’s season overall.
“The way this team started the first few weeks of the season, a lot of people gave up on us. Our goal wasn’t being the best team in April, our goal was trying to be the best team in May. We battled through some injuries and then we got hot. We got everybody back right at the time before the postseason. We were playing some good soccer, today we ran out of gas,” Triad’s coach remarked of the 15-8-3 campaign.
Triad’s loss ended the three-season stretch with their senior class. Over that stretch, the Lady Knights amassed a 64-9-4 record, two state championships, three sectional championships and three outright Mississippi Valley Conference crowns.
Their manager also saw immense value in the group beyond their victories.
Bettlach remarked about his senior unit, “They’re a special group. I think a lot of people are going to look at that and they’re going to see what the seniors have done with wins and losses and state championships. But what people don’t know is they’re just a fabulous group of kids. They’re just so down to earth and they’re so accommodating to everybody.”
The win over Triad advanced Glenwood to the state finals, where they cruised to a state championship. The Titans opened with a 4-1 semi-final win over De La Salle before dispatching Benet Academy 2-0 in the 2A title game.
Glenwood’s victory marked the fifth time that Triad was eliminated by the eventual state champions in the 14 seasons since the IHSA moved to a three-class system for girls soccer. The Lady Knights have won four 2A state titles of their own over that short stretch.