It wasn't the ending of the soccer season they were looking for.
But that doesn't take anything away from the fact the Jefferson City Lady Jays accomplished a lot this year.
"This is a group of fighters," Jefferson City coach Joren Trimble said Tuesday night after the Lady Jays dropped a 7-0 decision to sixth-ranked Lee's Summit West in a Class 4 sectional game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
"We had a chance to achieve a lot of our goals and get a new outlook to the future."
Jefferson City advanced to state by winning its first district title since 2014.
"That was a big goal, especially for our seniors," Trimble said. "Knocking that one off was a big one."
It also was the last district title won by Jefferson City High School before the school split this fall when Capital City High School will open.
Lee's Summit West got on the board about 12 minutes in on a goal by Joey Fosnow. The Titans doubled their lead seven minutes later when Lauren Street put back a rebound of her own shot.
"We were defensive minded, trying to figure out what they were trying to do," Trimble said. "It's my fault for doing that, it made us play from behind."
The Titans finished with a 10-2 edge in total shots in the half, including a 5-0 advantage in those on goal.
The game was moved Tuesday morning to the turf at Reed Stadium when there was standing water on the grass surface at the 179 Soccer Park.
"We trained on grass all week on our home field," Trimble said. "When you can't play at home, it can make a difference."
Jefferson City last played on turf against Helias on May 1 at Reed Stadium.
"It's been 20 days and it is just a different game on the turf than on grass," Trimble said.
Lee's Summit West had not played a game on grass this season.
The Titans put the game away early in the second half when Taylor Reid and Hope Dietrich scored less than 30 seconds apart in the opening three minutes.
Dietrich scored again with 31 minutes remaining to make it 5-0.
"It just got away from us," Trimble said. "We just couldn't get it back."
Street got her second goal of the game midway through the second half, lining a 30-yard shot off the crossbar and into the net. The Titans' final goal came with two seconds remaining.
"Lee's Summit is a very good team, they are quick and talented," Trimble said. "Probably the strongest team we've played all year."
Jefferson City ends Trimble's first season as head coach at 16-9-1.
"We have nothing to hang our heads about, we played our tails off all season long," Trimble said. "This is a very special group."
Lee's Summit West (15-3-1) will face either Kickapoo (18-5-1) or Springfield Central (15-6-1) in the quarterfinals Saturday. Kickapoo and Springfield Central's sectional game was postponed from Tuesday to tonight.