For the past four years, Fort Zumwalt South has been blessed by one of the top goalkeepers in the area between the pipes, and on Saturday senior keeper Drew Orf came up big in the biggest game to date of the postseason for the Bulldogs.
An early first half goal by Bryce Johnson got Zumwalt South the lead and Orf, with a bit of help from his defense made that lead stand for the rest of the evening as Zumwalt South slipped past visiting Ladue for a 1-0 Class 3 quarterfinal win at Fort Zumwalt South.
The victory punches a first appearance ticket into the state tournament for Zumwalt South (19-6-1). The Bulldogs will face off against Springfield Glendale (19-5-1) in a semifinal Friday at 2 p.m. at Blue Springs South in Kansas City.
Zumwalt South, has been one of the area’s hottest teams as the playoffs started and has won 16 of its last 17 games.
The Bulldogs manged the game’s only goal roughly five minutes into the action as Johnson slapped a shot past Ladue keeper Teddy Vincent off a nice feed into the box from Brendan Mann for a quick 1-0 lead.
After a bit of a shaky start, Ladue got untracked and gave Zumwalt South some heat with well applied ball pressure.
Despite some excellent scoring chances, the Rams came up empty in the first half.
In the second half, Orf and the Bulldogs defense continued to wall off the box and the net and the Rams were left frustrated offensive.
The game marked the first quarterfinal appearance for both schools.
Ladue, which saw its 11-game winning streak broken, ended the season at 20-5-1.