There was a full slate of games on Tuesday, and I discovered I’m in less then mid-season form, much like a few of the teams. Forgetting completely that the Ozark Tigers play Varsity first, I stopped by a very festive Parkview pitch to get a couple of photos for the magazine before making the treck down Highway 65 for Coach Tom Davidson’s season opener. So say hello to some Viking fans, including
senior Liz Carney (1st Team District 12) Jessica Maerz (2nd Team District 12) on the left with some of her Parkview classmates. Now let’s dive into some of the scores from around the area, including that aforementioned Central Ozark Conference clash, that I arrived at to catch the final minutes of stoppage time 🙁
Ozark Tigers – 3
Nixa Eagles – 2
After giving up a goal in the 4th minute, the Tigers had to fight back from not one, but two deficits in this hard fought Christian County derby. With goals from team leaders Josh Maloney, Robbie Curtis and Jake Lumby, it was the hosts who survived the heat and took advantage of defensive miscues to get the points. The Eagles had a chance in stoppage time but did not make the hosts pay for a late mistake.
Glendale Falcons – 7
Parkview Vikings -0
A tough opening night
Camdenton Lakers – 2 (2nd OT)
West Plains Zizzers – 1
The Lakers spoiled the Zizzer’s home opener last night, getting a goal from Baldwin in the 2nd minute of the second overtime period. A 40 yard rocket according to Coach Schmitt from West Plains. Taking advantage of the new MSHSAA rules mandating that all regular season games establish a winner, Camdenton did just that. Zizzer Chris Saner gave West Plains the lead in the 10th minute, a PK in the 29th tied the game and unlike last year’s opening game OT match, the Laker’s prevailed.
Joplin Eagles – 6
at Lebanon Yellowjackets – 1
Lebanon got on the scoreboard first, in the 24th minute from Rory Osborn but the Eagles answered strongly in the Ozark Conference opener for these teams.
Bolivar Liberators – 4
Marshfield Jays – 0
In an early Class 2 District match up, the Liberators took advantage of playing on their home field with Dale Baker earning the clean sheet in goal. Goals were scored by Peter Casey (2), Matt Magana and Brady Fox.
Greenwood Blue Jays – 2
New Covenant Warriors – 1
The Blue Jays, facing the team that defeated them in the Class 1 District Final last October, earned a modicum of revenge in the opening game for both teams.
Webb City Cardinals – 10
College Heights -0
T.J. Martin scored five goals in the local rivalry.