MANKATO -- By just one disputed goal, the Worthington Trojans girls soccer season ended in Mankato on Saturday with a loss to Mankato Loyola in section competition.
Loyola won the game 2-1 moments, getting its second goal after what WHS coach Emily Ahlquist said was an infraction that was not called. The Crusaders' Grace Nachreiner scored the game-winner in the second half, dribbling the ball in a far corner. Ahlquist said there should have been an off-sides penalty several moments before the kick was made -- one referee called it, but the other one didn't, and it was waved off.
The Crusaders' first goal came with about five minutes remaining in the first half, by Lexi Breuer. It found paydirt right under the crossbar.
Down 2-1, Worthington got within a point off a penalty kick later in the second half, as Marilyn Orellana put it in.
Altogether, Worthington had eight shots on goal compared to Loyola's six.
"It was a very close game," said Ahlquist, who said the Trojans played hard, but were unable to keep up the pressure consistently.
"They really turned it up the last five minutes," she said.
Worthington 0 1 -- 1
Loyola 1 1 -- 2