Well folks, I don’t know about you but it’s certainly has snuck up on me. I’m talking about the one year anniversary of this website. Officially April 3rd is the date of my first post but the first match I covered, including video, was the Kickapoo vs Catholic match April 1st which I’ll be doing again this evening. It was a physical game, it meant a lot to both teams based upon the reactions of the players and it took a goal in the 76th minute by Rachel Lavoy to seal it for the Chiefs. A lot has changed since then, including the weather that looks to be nicer this evening. How about this site though? Continue reading “One Year”
I’m doing my best to stay on top of what our local college teams are doing during their Spring season. I have gotten the Drury schedules but MSU information is sorely lacking. I did stumble across this nugget on the Arkansas High School Soccer website today:
The City of Harrison and Harrison High School will be hosting the College Creek Classic on Sunday April 9th at their new soccer complex. The women’s teams particpating include Southwest Baptist University, Missouri State University, University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Game times will be 11:00am and 3:00pm (tentative). For more info or directions, please call Harrison Parks and Recreation at 870.741.2149…. Come out and support soccer at the highest level in Arkansas…
Should be some nice soccer and a pretty easy trip, what is it, about 2 hours to Harrison?
I made it out to two matches Thursday, both of which were interrupted by the storm system that blew thru around rush hour. In the photo above, senior Jackie Sabel of the Chief’s is making a run into the box from her midfield position, while being closely tracked by the Zizzer’s junior sweeper, Jessica Brixey. This early season Ozarks Conference match ended at 8-0 to the Chief’s, who busted the game open with three quick goals after returning for the final 15 minutes of the first half. Update – don’t miss the News-Leader in-depth look at this years team and their motivation.
In another local match, the Central Bulldogs visited the Parkview Viking’s. The Bulldogs scored first, getting on the board midway through the first half on a goal by Nada. The hosts tied the match in the 33rd minute when senior captain Laura Robb, coming up from midfield position, lofted a ball from outside the box over the outstretched hands of the keeper. The score was knotted at 1-1 going into the second half, following a rain delay. Update – the game ended in a 1-1 tie after regulation.
The Joplin Lady Eagles opened their season by hosting Catholic on Wednesday. The game was won in the second half on a 50 yard shot by senior Rachel Driver, giving the Eagles a 2-1 win. The Joplin Globe provides a friendly update on the game including a nice backstory on Joplin’s new goalie. There is also a good preview from yesterday’s paper.
Goals were scored by Joplin junior Laken Neal from the 6-foot box while Catholic tied the game in the second half off a corner kick. Maddie Renner assisted on Anna DeLong’s goal.
Just a reminder to all that the KC Wiz will be visiting Springfield in two weeks. The annual exhibition match against the Missouri State Bears is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday April 12th and will be held at Cooper Field #1. There are any number of reasons for attending this match, such as becoming familiar with the team that went undefeated during training in Germany earlier this month. With the season beginning Saturday, the game will be a great opportunity to learn more about a team that hopes to compete at the highest level with four National Team pool players on their roster (Wolff, Johnson, Zavagnin & Conrad). Oh, and there’s local favorite Jack Jewsbury!
More importantly, this annual event provides a significant means of support for our local boys. If you are a soccer fan, come out and support the Bears that evening. There are no high school games that I am aware of so we should have a great crowd at the game!