Month: March 2007

Women’s College Soccer

Arkansas State at Drury University Panthers The Drury Panthers and Arkansas State Indians faced off, with the Panthers earning a 1-0 win this morning on Melissa Perry’s early goal, as the teams move into the heart of the Spring exhibition season. Today’s game reemphasized the importance of next years junior class, with Tina Athanasiadis (F – pictured in white), Sarah Goodman (MF), Chloe Moushey (D) and Barri Bulla (GK) providing the strength down the middle. Melissa Perry (F) along with Emily West (MF/F) and Olivia Phillippart de Foy (MF/F) from the current freshman class all played significant roles as well and that will increase. There will be another opportunity today at 2pm to see the girls as well as a couple more home matches. Watch for information here.

Now I’m off to check out the Missouri State Bears vs the Missouri Southern Lions (D2)! Both teams took some time finding their rhythm which opened up the pitch for attacks by each team. Missouri Southern Lions at Missouri State Bears As the wind increased, the Bears were able to take advantage by pushing the ball down the wings, including new Nebraska transfer Kellie Jensen who’s attacking runs from right outside back (pictured) should make her a likely replacement for Caroline Rooker who is graduating. Samantha Aguilar scored off a fine run by Nicole Logan into the box in the 28th minute but the Lions returned the favor only two minutes later. Ashley Turner put a ball into the box from 40 yards out on a set piece, tucked away into the corner past a diving Jackie Jasper by Lauren Kurelac, a senior to-be from Blue Springs. Logan restored the one goal margin in the 39th minute when she pounced on a ball that slipped out of the GK’s hands, putting it in from the end line. I missed the second half, anyone have the result? Update – final was 2-1 for MSU.ny vip escorts

Springfield Catholic Shocks The Kickapoo Chiefs

Springfield Catholic vs Kickapoo Chiefs

Congratulations to the Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish who upset their large school friends this evening, 3-2 in stoppage time of the second and final OT. The goal was scored by junior Tara Bailes, who put the rebound of senior Sarah Martin’s shot into the net after crashing the six yard box. The game lived up to it’s billing, drawing a very large crowd of enthusiastic fans.

Catholic opened the scoring in the sixth minute when sr. Sarah Martin pushed a ball into the side netting after Tara Bailes kept it alive in the six yard box. The opportunity came off a run by Maddie Renner who’s cross from deep in the corner was driven low and hard into the box. Senior captain Elle Holtman extended the lead to two in the 19th minute after working a couple of short passes in the middle with Bailes. Her shot from the top of the area skipped past the keeper after deflecting off a defender.

The second half found Kickapoo adjusting well, after moving sweeper Chelsea Russell up into the midfield. Both teams missed penalty kicks, Catholic in the 50th minute and Kickapoo in the 52nd, as the ball crashed off the crossbar in both cases. Kickapoo was undaunted however while Catholic began to have second doubts about their ability to stay with the Chiefs. When Chelsea Russell’s direct kick from nearly 30 yards out sailed in just under the crossbar in the 66th minute, the intensity only increased. With junior Katy McLain now lined up as a forward, it was goalkeeper Jessica McCutcheon’s sixty yard kick that fell directly into Katy’s path. Her run at full speed with a defender attached to her side included a wonderful finish with a low hard shot to the right side. Tie game with only seven minutes to go. Two overtime periods would be required to determine a winner and as in past seasons, it was a single goal difference.

This game marks the beginning of my third year of coverage of the girls game here in Springfield (outside of that practice season with the Falcons in 2004, ask a Glendale parent about the videos I produced that year). I find that the rivalry these two teams have developed matches the quality and intensity of Glendale vs Kickapoo. Just look at the reaction of the girls following the match. I’ll be back tomorrow with a couple of short video interviews with Catholics Tara Bailes and Elle Holtman to allow you to see for yourself.

Video – Elle Holtman “We had to win” and
Video – Tara Bailes “I needed to get a goal”
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Neosho Tournament Update

Coach Brian Schibi and his girls team are hosting their annual tournament this week, with eight teams playing a total of ten games. Here are the scores from Thursday night’s Black Division opening matches:

Neosho Wildcats – 2
Springfield Greenwood – 0
Katy Rodriguez scored her 91st and 92nd career goals to lift Neosho to victory. Rodriguez scored in the 43rd minute off a free kick from 25 yds. out, unassisted and the 62nd minute; a header off a corner kick sent in by senior Sarah Marak.

Joplin McAuley – 2
Van Buren (AR) – 0
McAuley’s Caley Churchwell scored in the 46th minute to put in the first goal in a scoreless dual. In the 55th minute, Alli O”Dell scored the final goal of the game on a beautiful 25 yd. one touch into the back of the net to give McAuley the 2-0 win.

Tonight the Gold Division will play with Joplin facing Hillcrest at 5:00 pm and West Plains and Parkview playing at 6:30pm.

Saturday there will be games in the winners and losers brackets. We’ll know who the tournament winner is following the completion of the championship game that begins at 7:30pm. I’ve updated the Calender to reflect all of the games in the tournament. And from the northside:

Camdenton Lakers – 0
Hickman Kewpies – 1

The Lady Lakers held Hickman scoreless for 79 minutes before a foul in the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick for Hickman where Lady Kewpie junior Lauren Robb scored the game winner.asian massage dubai

Soccer Tonight & Saturday

The Catholic Fightin’ Irish visit the Kickapoo Chiefs tonight. JV kicks off at 5:00 pm, Varsity around 6:30 pm. Will the small school get their first ever win against the SW-side powerhouse? By the way, remember this game from two years ago? Or this interview after last years game with current seniors Elle Holtman and Christina Ogden.

Alternately, Kickapoo grad Kiley Cirillo brings his Division II squad to the Missouri State University campus. The Missouri Southern Lions will play a Spring season friendly against the Missouri State Bears. Kickoff is 7:00 pm at Plaster Stadium, on the MSU Campus (Grand Avenue, just West of National Avenue).

Trevor Wachsman brings the Lady Lions to town on Saturday. 1:00 pm kickoff at Plaster Stadium against the Lady Bears.

On the North side, the Drury Panthers women’s squad will host Arkansas State and Oral Roberts University at Harrison Stadium. UPDATE – 9am kickoff for Drury vs ASU, 12 noon for ASU vs ORU and the Panthers come back for a second match at 2pm vs ORU.

St. Louis SC Miller vs KC Bayern Munich Jun10 (U16) For a good read, check out ASU Lady Indian player Mary Geels, a sophomore midfielder from McKinney, Texas, who is documenting her team’s off-season progress through a diary. ASU has a new head coach, Derek Pittman (on left in photo) who was the GK coach for Mizzou prior to taking this position. This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from Mary’s diary.dubai girls

Help Wanted: Head Coach

Waynesville Tigers vs Ozark Tigers

For those of you who may not have heard, Ozark Head Coach Tod Sundlie (back row left in the picture above, with his varsity squad and Assistant Coach Derek) has tendered his resignation, effective the end of this season. Coach Sundlie, who handles the boys and the girls teams, is completing his fifth season with the Tigers. He and his wife recently had their fourth child. With four kids all under the age of seven, he is ready to spend more time with his family.

The school district is actively recruiting a new coach and I am aware of two candidates who are interviewing this week. I’ve also heard from several sources about other candidates, including a big name in high school soccer in the region. The decision should be complete in late April, with a recommended candidate being presented to the School Board at their next meeting April 17th. Interested candidates should contact the Athletic Director.

I’ll have more information on Coach Sundlie, one of the gentlemen of the sport, later this season. For now, I know he’s enjoying this season as the Tigers get out there and compete every day. Good luck gang!dubai escorts outcalls