Month: October 2007

Bears Go Trick Or Treating, Kangaroo’s Open The Door

Missouri State Bears vs UMKC KangaroosMissouri State Bears – 5
UMKC Kangaroos – 2
So my sister calls me this evening, she needs a knock knock joke for her six year old son to use on his rounds tonight. I offer *cuts to chase* Ben, Ben who? Ben knocking on this door so long my knuckles hurt!

The same could be said of our favorite Division I men’s program in town, with the door a figurative one across the face of the goalmouth this season. The Kangaroo’s wasted no time answering the knock, and passing out treats for the Bears, when six minutes in Kyle Windmueller nodded in a header from Yannick Joseph’s cross. Freshman Tyson Streibel scored his first goal as Bear in the 20th minute and things seemed as if they would be simple. It’s Halloween though, so there was plenty left to keep the fans in their seats this evening.

It looked like they had escaped when in the 29th minute, a whistle on a foul just outside the box negated what was almost a goal as Brian Harris’ follow on shot went off the left upright. However, on the ensuing direct kick, freshman John Bayron Sosa put a beautiful shot over the wall and into the near corner past a diving keeper.

Sophomore Ryan Hennessey got the Bear’s third goal in the 41st as Noah got involved again, this time starting a play deep in the Bear’s end with a back pass to Kenny B. Kenny’s return pass sent Yannick down the left side where he won a foot race and a battle in the corner with Josh White. A simple pass back to a trailing Justin Alford and the soft cross across the box found a charging Hennessey who headed in his 4th goal of the season. Johannes Demarzi would get the 4th goal in 53rd minute and then one of the more interesting side stories this year came into play.

Turns out Mama & Papa Cooper (pictured above) have not one, but two Division I players, with senior Captain Andy Cooper of the Bears playing this evening against his brother Ken Cooper, freshman goalkeeper for the ‘Roos. Cooper was All-State and All-Midwest last season for the Oakville Tigers, where his team lost to my nephew’s Lafayette Lancer’s squad in the semifinals at State. Click on the link for a few photos from that match.

Tonight’s game was the first time the brothers have had the opportunity to play in a competitive game together, albeit on opposing teams. The Bear’s final goal was scored by older brother Andy, in the 65th minute, after a cross when Andy picked up a loose ball and got off the shot. It was Andy’s 3rd goal this season and he enjoyed it. Anyone want to be at that holiday dinner 🙂

There were tricks involved this evening as well. The Kangaroo’s got a second goal in stoppage time from another set piece, this one taken by leading scorer Bryan Perez. So there was no coaxing a smile from Coach Leamy or Seabolt this evening, with a pair of Conference games remaining.

Time to wrap up this Halloween-induced stream of consciousness with some good news (besides the fact I’m finishing this thing). The Bears are taking a cue from last year’s Creighton game and are planning on opening up the skybox suites for sale for the final regular season home game Saturday November 10th against Drake. Consider bringing your team out, with the weather we’ve had it could be the frosting on the cake of your season. More information will follow. For the well organized among you, call the Bears Soccer office at (417) 836-5243 for more information.
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Cassville Wildcats Earn 2nd District Title In 3 Years

Cassville Wildcats – 2
Bolivar Liberators – 1
Both of Cassville’s goals came in the first half. The first goal was scored by Uziel Franco on an assist by Bryan Schroeder. Ryan Schlichtman got the second on an assist by Aaron Jamieson. Bolivar scored on a PK with about 8 minutes left in the game. Ryan Toombs successfully converting the opportunity. Senior Peter Casey was back on the pitch this evening for the Liberators, finding a way to play after going off in the 2nd minute of the first game Saturday.

Coach Steve Fast offers more details, and much more eloquently, on the Liberator website. Some wonderful examples of writing this week from our regional Coaches eh. I’m looking forward to Coach Edge’s contributions in the Spring.

Congratulations to the Wildcats on their win. And thanks to Coach Fast and the Liberators for hosting an excellent playoff series. I’m going to offer some opinions later this weekend on my experiences across the three Classes and the Liberators set some very positive examples both on and off the pitch this week. They made a believer out of babes

Proud To Be In Class 1, District 6

This is a comment posted by Coach Chris Shull, Greenwood Blue Jays. I have taken the liberty of posting it in this way so that it can be fully appreciated. The photo is from a game earlier this month against Willard.
Greenwood Blue Jays vs Willard TigersI am proud to be in district 6 and not necessarily for reasons that are perhaps apparent to the public. Here is a snap shot of what I can say about each school and I believe it deserves recognition.

Thomas Jefferson: Here is a school that played most the season without a full starting line-up. I have seen T.J. play three times and I can tell you at no time did these boys give up. At no time did these boys get down on each other. Last, their coaching staff stayed positive the whole game. You can see why the players are good individuals.

Aurora: As coaches we always stress the importance of playing soccer in the off season. To my knowledge Aurora has few club players and yet they are still competitive. Their coach is one of the nicest people that I know and even though Aurora may not be considered a “soccer town” just yet-you would never know it by listening to their crowd. They have the most passionate fans that I have ever seen and heard in our district. These fans love their team unconditionally and it shows in how the team plays. The team gives their fans/school/community reason to cheer each and every game.

College Heights: Show me a team that has improved drastically over the season and I will show you a good program. College Heights has had the most success in district 6 over the past 7 years. They have been to the final four three consecutive times since 2002. This year they were well coached and took a led a young team through growing pains and won a game in districts. When I first started coaching at Greenwood I wanted to be as good as this program and experience the success that they had. I am still no where near it but I will keep trying.

New Covenant: This team gave us back to back lessons on how to play with heart in districts. N.C. has went through a coach being dismissed in post season last year to learning under a new one this year. That would be tough to overcome no matter how good you are. This team kept all the positive moments from last year and let go the rest. It takes a group of boys with good character to overcome this diversity and to excel. They came out this year swinging and continued to swing. I wish Greenwood would have ducked 🙂 Good luck to you boys in the finals!

Springfield Catholic: As a quote from Dennis Green “They are who we thought they were!” This team is well coached and their players just flat out love to play soccer. Their school’s passion for soccer is so glaring. Their girls have taken so much pride in their own program and now the boy’s team has reason to be excited. If I could give advice to any school district officials it would be this: Next time a coach and a group of passionate parents stand up for what they believe in please don’t ignore them. Please open your eyes and recognize success. Catholic soccer is good for our district and good for soccer for the southwest!

Coach Shull
Greenwood Soccer


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Missouri State Soccer Bears Face UMKC Tonight

bearhead_125.jpg A quick reminder that for those of you not headed North to the clash between the Bolivar Liberators and the Cassville Wildcats for the Class 2 District 5 title match, there’s a Division I men’s game available for your enjoyment this evening.

The UMKC Kangaroo’s are visiting for a non-Conference game against the Bears. Game time is 7:00 pm at Plaster Stadium.

The Bears are coming off their 0-1 loss to the #8 ranked Creighton Blue Jays Saturday (in Omaha). Central midfielder Omar Shoucair played for the first time as a substitute in almost five weeks (since UNLV September 22nd) and hopefully will be available for tonights game as well. Along with Justin Alford’s return, maybe the Bears can score some goals against their in-state rival.

The Kangaroo’s are part of the Mid-Continent Conference, along with previous MSU opponents Western Illinois, Oral Roberts and IUPUI. The ‘Roo’s lost to Bradley and Evansville earlier this season while tying Drake. Most recently they lost to Oral Roberts, 1-3 at ORU.

The Kangaroo’s feature four players from the KC Brass PDL team, including first team defender Josh White (#5) in the central defense. The top scorer is a sophomore from Florida, Bryan Perez (#10) with five goals while freshman John Sosa (#11), also from Florida, has two goals and four assists. massage in dubai marina

Rolla Bulldogs Will Face Glendale Falcons In District 11 Final

Rolla Bulldogs – 5
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0

Glendale Falcons – 4
Waynesville Tigers – 0
Game stats
on Glendale website

From Coach Josh Scott, Waynesville: “We played a great first half and I was proud of the way we competed all game. We fell behind 0-1, so with 20 minutes left we went with 3 forwards and started to push everyone up. you have to try and score at that point, it is just unlucky for us that Glendale was able to capitalize on us being stretched out and scored their 2nd with 12 minutes left and then the last two in the last minute.”

“As a coach, I could not ask anything else from our team. The boys battled with a great team and gave themselves a chance. My heart goes out to the seniors. Again, I think this set of seniors help to push the program in a good direction. Their work ethic and dedication will surely be missed.”

The Final will be Thursday November 1st at 6:00 pm in Waynesville.

Kickapoo Chiefs – 8
Neosho Wildcats – 0

Parkview Vikings – 5
Joplin Eagles – 3

#1 Kickapoo faces #2 Parkview on Thursday at 6:00 pm in Joplin.shemale arabic