The Kickapoo Chiefs visited Parkview tonight for their second straight Ozark Conference match following Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout of Joplin. The outcome was decided in the 30th minute when Heath Melugin won a 50/50 ball on the right side, took the ball down the line and turned into the box before patiently picking out Luke Prater waiting unmarked near the penalty spot. Luke’s one touch ball went to the far post for what turned out to be the game winning goal. Prater had a second opportunity five minutes later that he whiffed on but to his credit he chased down the loose ball near the end line before sending it out to #23 (not on a roster I have) who’s shot required a diving save by junior Tyler Kutz. Melugin pounced on the loose ball and put it just inside the post as the GK recovered and tried to make the second save.
The game had started like a chess match, with both teams patiently moving the ball and waiting for the opportunities to develop until Kickapoo established the advantage. Kyler Temple of the Chiefs had the first clear opportunity when he was sent into the box alone against the keeper by a fine through ball. Tyler was well prepared however and cleared the threat. Tom Marlow created a coule of good opportunties for the Vikings as he was sent free from the middle after some fine combinations with his midfield partner #5, but the Chiefs defense was able to thwart those efforts. It seemed that Parkview had a more difficult time getting numbers into the box then the Chiefs did, not unreasonable knowing how dangerous Kickapoo can be on the counter-attack but it limited their opportunities on the evening.
With the start of the second half Parkview came out hard and attempted to equalize but the Chiefs defense was again equal to the task. About the 60th minute the Chief’s earned a corner kick and when the Vikings were unable to clear Luke Prater earned his second goal on the night with a shot from just outside the box. The ball went to the far post and caroomed off a defender and into the net before the GK could get to it.
Parkview came back later to score one. Tyler Williams, after tracking back to win a loose ball sent a ball into the box for his keeper. Unfortunately the clearance went straight to #9 of Parkview who was at the top of the box. Two steps and a simple shot to the post and Parkview was within two again at 3-1. Kickapoo wasn’t done however when junior Bryson Tombridge nodded in an easy header at the back post following a cross by Tyler Williams.
The JV game was a competitive match as well, ultimately won by Kickapoo by the score of 2-1. The game winning goal was scored in the second half by Ryan Moses when he won a loose ball, turned and beat a defender before getting into the box where he slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper. Kickapoo got a second goal from Clint Evenson when he put a ball into the net that somehow found it’s way through a crowded box on a cross by Bryan Ruggeri. Parkview got one back late in the match when Leland Ekstam scored from a Matt Medley assist.