GLASGOW — The scoreboard showed the Lady Scotties lost their final game of the year, but it was a season to remember for Glasgow.
The Lady Scotties won their first region tournament game in school history. Glasgow finished with a winning record for the first time since 2015. Though coach Scott Zettlemoyer emphasized how much the Lady Scotties will miss their seniors, Glasgow has skilled, young players to build around such as Paige Burd, Hayden Botts and Autumn Copass.
But all good things come to an end, and on Wednesday, Bowling Green eliminated Glasgow from the postseason with an 8-0 victory in the second round of the 4th Region tournament.
Burd was a save machine especially early for Glasgow, denying Bowling Green on several opportunities over the first 40 minutes of the match. Her play earned her a spot on the All-Region team, and Zettlemoyer said Burd's exceptional play came as no surprise.
"Paige has been our wall at the back all season. She's made save after save," he said.
But Glasgow was unable to muster much offensively, and the Lady Purples dominated possession. Bowling Green — considered to be the favorite to win the 4th Region crown — kept Glasgow's defense under pressure throughout the match.
After Burd made two diving saves, the first goal came with about 32 minutes to play in the first half on a shot by Whitaker Buchanan.
The Lady Purples continued to get chances, but Burd and the Glasgow defense denied a second goal for most of the first half after surrendering 10 goals to Bowling Green during their regular season match.
But Bowling Green scored two goals with less than three minutes left in the first half to take control of the game.
Glasgow (11-10) wasn't able to counter the Bowling Green attack, and the Lady Purples scored two quick goals to begin the second half to put the game out of reach.
Zettlemoyer believes Bowling Green will ultimately win the region and at least a few games in the state tournament, so losing to the Lady Purples wasn't a crushing blow to the program. Instead, Glasgow showed it had improved over the season and the Lady Scotties proved they weren't going out without a fight, he said.
"We just made probably the region champions play an entire game that they didn't think they were going to have to play," Zettlemoyer said.
But the team will miss its seniors, he continued.
"I love my girls. I love all my seniors. It's going to be difficult to try to replace a lot of them, because we have a lot of really good leaders," Zettlemoyer said.
The Lady Scotties are slated to bring back a lot of talent next season including their top three goal scorers in Aubrey Phillips (14), Emma Watson (10) and Dinah Miranda (7).
In addition to Burd, Glasgow sophomore defender Cari Vaught was named to the All-Region team.
Zettlemoyer finishes his first season as Glasgow coach with an eagerness to get to work in the offseason.
"Over the summer, we've got to work on our possession and getting better defensively," he said.