SMITHVILLE — Smithville boys soccer looked like their season might come to an end in the Class 3 District 16 finals as the team trailed No. 1 seed Platte County by a goal with a little more than 4 minutes remaining.
That’s when Kyle Corkill took over.
The junior scored two goals to close out a 3-2 win over the Pirates as the Warriors won their first district championship since 2017 on Nov. 4 at Platte County High School.
Corkill scored the game-tying goal off a long arcing pass from Zach Miller at midfield that cleared all the defenders. Corkill hit a header to get the ball over an aggressive goalie before hitting a wide-open chip shot into the net.
Corkill decided that he liked using his head. He snuck up from the center back spot on a Max Dolloff corner kick to hit another header, this time past a wall of Pirates defenders and over the outstretched arms of the goalie to take a 3-2 lead with 30 seconds to go.
Smithville’s district finals win completed a sweep of Platte County, although the Pirates won the last time the stakes were this high. The Warriors needed wins over both teams that eliminated them in the district finals the last two seasons. Smithville fell to Platte County 2-0 in 2019 and to Kearney 2-0 in 2018.
The Warriors also got their revenge over the Bulldogs, who beat Smithville twice by one-goal margins this season, with a 1-0 victory in the district semifinals Monday, Nov. 2, at Platte County High School.
Smithville (13-10-3) had its season come to end with a 1-0 loss to Pembroke Hill in the state sectionals Saturday, Nov. 7 at Smithville High School.