The Pierre Lady Govs are ready for the postseason, but a blown lead will result in a lower seed than they were looking for.
The Lady Govs were unable to maintain a two-goal lead Saturday when they hosted Rapid City Stevens, resulting in a 2-2 tie in the regular season finale with the No.3-seed up for grabs.
The Lady Govs drew first blood in the contest when a picture-perfect corner kick from Caelie Williams resulted in a goal for senior Anna Bondy. The Williams-to-Bondy goal came with 26:11 remaining in the first half.
Bondy scored her second goal of the day roughly eight minutes later when she drilled a penalty kick by the Rapid City Stevens goalie.
Bondy and the Lady Govs seemed to have a victory in hand as they took a 2-0 lead into halftime but the tides turned in the second half.
Rapid City Stevens aggressors in the second half and that aggression paid off with 29 minutes remaining in the game. Stevens scored a goal at that point to get back within striking distance.
Rapid City Stevens got its chance to even the score with 20 minutes remaining in the contest when Lexi Pszanka was awarded a penalty kick.
Pszanka took advantage by sneaking the ball by Sydney Palmer to even the score at two.
The Rapid City Stevens defense didn’t give the Lady Govs many chances to break the tie but Sydney Palmer secured it with some clutch play down the stretch.
The sophomore goal keeper made a clutch save with just 37 seconds remaining to preserve the tie for the Lady Govs.
The tie was deflating for the Lady Govs because they controlled their own destiny for the third seed in the playoffs. With the tie, the Lady Govs lost a tie breaker to Rapid City Stevens and finished with the fourth seed.
The fourth-seeded Lady Govs will still get an automatic berth to the state tournament, which takes place Oct. 11-13 in Rapid City.