Glendale drew first blood when Shaun Morris’ alert play sent him alone on goal, only to see GK Adam Legg force the shot wide. The resulting corner kick went through the box and fell to Adam Hammons who calmly settled and sent his shot through the defense and into the back of the net. 1-0 Glendale midway through the first half. Kickapoo’s best opportunity came just before the half-time whistle when Brock Ruggeri sent a shot just over the crossbar.
While it could be argued that Glendale had the better of the play in the first half, the second half saw Kickapoo come out with more verve and energy. The result was a game tying goal around the 70th minute when senior captain Heath Melugin was able to receive a ball, beat a defender and bury a left-footed shot. That revived Glendale and sent them into a higher gear as they began to control play, moving forward with a sense of urgency that had been missing prior to that.
The game winner came in the 78th minute following some fine individual effort by Devon Newport as he shook off a defender and broke into the box on the right hand side. His shot to the near post was parried by Legg but once again the Falcon’s lined up for a corner kick. While the Chief’s were able to push the initial shot out, senior Tucker Downs picked it up on the far side about 10 yards out. His shot was low and hard and while Legg was able to get a hand on it, it was too powerful to stop it from bouncing up and into the net.
It was the second straight game-winner for Downs (#6, pictured celebrating above with the Falcon’s Nation following the goal) who has now scored in all three Falcon’s games to open the season. Tucker Downs on his game winner (Quicktime v7 required)
Glendale is off until next Tuesday when they travel to Camdenton. Kickapoo heads for Rolla on Friday to participate in the Rolla Tournament where they will face Dixon, Rolla and Alta Vista. They should also be able to enjoy the opening GLVC game for UMR when they host Drury at Rolla on Friday night at 7:30 pm.