Parkview Vikings – 2 (2nd OT)
In a game that probably sealed Parkviews position not only at the top of the Ozark Conference (now 6-0) but also a Top 2 seed within Class 3 District 11, the Vikings defense continued to flex but not break while the offense came through in the clutch. Parkview opened the scoring in the 27th minute as front runners Kelsey Loderhose and Shelby Stewart combined, with Stewarts ball into the box deflecting off a defender and falling to Loderhose who confidently buried her shot past a diving keeper. It came after the Chief’s opened play with three straight corner kicks and early pressure before Parkview offered a little bump and grind of their own with Loderhose putting a ball off the crossbar in the 5th minute.
The Vikings came out a bit too relaxed in the second half, apparently content to try and defend their slight margin. The Chief’s were having none of it and attacked regularly and it was only quality work from senior Caylin Manary who kept them close. A hard shot to the lower corner was pushed just wide while Lauren Rowland’s shot from the right deflected off the upright. Rowland, Rachel McIntyrre and Casey Weitzel pushed hard into the Parkview defensive end, taking advantage of the space provided to them as the Viking’s concentrated on McKenna Adams. It was Adams who tied the game in the 76th when senior Megan Melugin’s simple flick header sent her in on a breakaway past the defense. Running into the box while protecting the ball from a late challenge, Adams was able to slip the ball just inside the upright and past the keeper (video below) in the 76th minute. The Chief’s had one final shot in regulation that Manary was able to tip over the crossbar to get the Vikings to OT.
Both teams created opportunities in the overtime periods but it was the Viking forwards who got the game winner. Stewart ran to a ball that was bouncing between a pair of players at midfield and using her body, advanced the ball and broke down the right side. As the defense collapsed on her, she slipped a through ball to Loderhose who ran onto the ball and slipped it up and over the on-rushing keeper (Danzer, only her second game back from a concussion against Nixa two weeks ago) and kept it on frame to scored her second of the day for the big win.
With the Class 3 District 11 seeding meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, only Tuesday’s Ozark vs Nixa derby remains to be played and have an effect on seeding. Parkview will host Ozark Friday May 7th while Glendale will host Kickapoo May 12th in key games that remain. Here’s one more video, of what it can be like when Shelby Stewart is running at a defense. Enjoy!
By the way, I’d like to thank the Chief’s Booster Club for their hospitality tonight. Dinner was excellent. Thank you.
Joplin Eagles – 0
Rolla Bulldogs – 5
Camdenton Lakers – 2
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 1
Camdenton goals by Chelsi Libby and Mackenzie Manzer; Lebanon goal by Emilee Starnes.
West Plains Zizzers – 2
Hillcrest Hornets – 0
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