Month: May 2010

Give Dad Something He’ll Love On Father’s Day

Father’s Day is in June. Are you ready yet to say thanks? It’s not too late to share not only photos, but keepsake gifts and clothing imprinted with photos of you, by your favorite soccer photographer.

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I Scored A Goal In A World Cup Final

alcides ghiggia scores
alcides ghiggia scores
I was pointed to this special feature on the ESPN site a few days ago by a local filmmaker who prefaced it with the fact that the videos being shown are examples of what made him want to become a filmmaker. The first one features Alcides Ghiggia, who scored the game winner for Uruguay in 1950

Ghiggia almost single-handedly sent the nation of Brazil into spiraling depression when he scored in the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. The Selecao needed only a draw in the final group game to win the world title, and when the Brazilians went up by a goal, it looked like theirs. But Uruguay equalized at the hour mark and Ghiggia put the squad ahead in the 79th minute, wrong-footing the Brazilian keeper and tucking the ball into the near post.

The interview with Ghiggia is interspersed with video of the goals and a newspaper photo (included above) that is something to aspire to as a photographer myself. Here is the video:

The best part? While it reminded me of my recent opportunity to meet Harry Keough and interview him, it turns out that a member of the Baptist Bible College staff left a comment on my Facebook page where I posted this a few days ago. Esteban Alvarez, who is Uruguayan left this note:

From my home Country! and my dad was name Alcides after him! thanks for posting this Steve!

How cool is that? I love this game! Check out the entire series here.

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Class 3 Final 4 Includes Pattonville, Rock Bridge, Liberty and Cor Jesu

Class 3 Quarterfinals at WaynesvilleFollowing Rock Bridge’s win over Nixa on Saturday afternoon, a game that Pattonville Coach Tom Iffrig attended (that’s him in the light blue t-shirt and dark glasses below Mike Scott of KSPR on camera), the other three spots in the Final 4 were determined last night.

Iffrig’s travels were fruitful as his Pirate’s team got past Francis Howell 2-0 to advance to the Final 4 for the second straight year. The Pirate’s clobbered Glendale 4-0 last year in the 3rd place game. The Pirate’s team includes Tiffany Laughlin, who is their second leading scorer with 15 goals and is headed to Missouri State this Fall.

Friday June 4th – Pattonville Pirates vs Rock Bridge Bruins, 7:00 pm
Friday June 4th – Cor Jesu Academy vs Liberty Jays, 5:00 pm

In the other Quarterfinal in St Louis, Cor Jesu Academy senior Caiti Huber scored on low, hard shot from about 22 yards out early in the first 15-minute overtime period Saturday evening, lifting the Chargers to a 1-0 victory over two-time defending state champion Incarnate Word Academy in Class 3 quarterfinal action at Anheuser-Busch Center. The loss ended a string of three title-game appearances for the Red Knights, who were state runners-up in 2007. The Red Knights beat Glendale 5-0 in the 2008 Quarterfinal enroute to their title.

Liberty reaches the Final 4 with their win over Lees Summit North, the team that won this same game last year. It was the third time the two teams met this year. Here’s the KC Star report on the 6-1 Jay win

Saying the Liberty girls simply had motivation to beat Lee’s Summit North in their Missouri Class 3 soccer quarterfinal game Saturday at Excelsior Springs would be a massive understatement.

Lee’s Summit North not only dealt Liberty a two-goal loss earlier this season, it also staged a comeback to beat Liberty in the quarterfinals of last year’s state tournament. Throw in the fact that Liberty returns several players from last year and has never qualified for the state semifinals, and you see why the Blue Jays were so charged up during a 6-1 victory.

“We came out really hungry because we were in the same position last year,” said junior forward Shea Groom.

And Groom, the reigning Gatorade Missouri girls soccer player of the year, certainly did her part in making sure history didn’t repeat itself. She scored three goals, with the first, which came off a corner kick, breaking a scoreless tie in the 31st minute of the first half. Liberty’s Brooke Williams then followed with two more goals —in the 39th minute and in the 42nd minute.

Dang, I thought I might take it easy next weekend and only cover the Class 1 games and Catholic. Reading about these dramatic games, and knowing that the Jay’s have a pair of US National team players in Shea Groom and Kaysie Clark, I just may have to find some time to get out for those games.vip escorts in dubai

USA Comes Back Against Turkey, One Game Remains

Clint Dempsey, US Soccer
Clint Dempsey, US Soccer
Who watched the game today and where did you watch it? I’m going to watch it later tonight following the MLS game that is starting now but the excitement in Southwest Springfield is high enough that I couldn’t avoid hearing the score. Doesn’t matter, I’m looking to make my own assessment anyway. Here’s the game report from US Soccer:

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (May 29, 2010) – In its final match before leaving for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. Men’s National Team put together a marvelous 2-1 come-from-behind win against Turkey with second half goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, both of which were assisted by Landon Donovan. A crowd of 55,407 red, white and blue-bathed fans turned out on gorgeous afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field and their energy helped propel the U.S. team to a an excellent second half performance.

You can get more details and video on the US Soccer website.

June 5, 2010 – U.S. Men vs. Australia – 7:30 a.m. – Live on ESPN2 (Friendly)

The next game is Saturday June 5th when the US will face off against Australia. I’ll be in St Louis next weekend to report on Catholic’s run to the Final Four but will be returning for the World Cup. Here’s the schedule for the US Games, get them into your personal calendar now. And plan on joining us at Farmer’s Gastropub downtown where Bill Griffith’s is rooting for England and will always have the audio on. It’s a British pub folks, come enjoy the world’s game with your friends and family. More details to follow.

June 12, 2010 – U.S. Men vs. England – 1:30 p.m. – ABC HD (Group C play)
June 18, 2010 – U.S. Men vs. Slovenia – 9 a.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com (WC Group C play)
June 23, 2010 – U.S. Men vs. Algeria – 9 a.m. – ESPN/ESPN3.com (Group C play)

What other games would you like to see at the pub? He’ll be open everyday at 9am but we are looking for suggestions on games when we would enhance the breakfast or lunch menu in anticipation of a large group. Who are you interested in seeing besides the US games?
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Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins Capture OT Victory Over Nixa Eagles

Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins, 2010 Quarterfinal winners
Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins, 2010 Quarterfinal winners
Columbia Rock Bridge Bruins – 1 (1st OT)
Nixa Eagles – 0

The Eagle’s late season run was ended today on a goal scored by senior Kelsey Whittet, 8 minutes into the first overtime period. UPDATED based on KY3 sports report – Whittet ran onto a cross and redirected it just under the diving goalkeeper at the far post, where she was waiting for a pin point cross served by fellow senior Morgan Pitchford who served it from the left corner after receiving the ball from a throw-in. The win was well deserved as the Bruins dominated in the primary statistical categories including shots on goal (10-1) and corner kicks (3-1). The Eagle’s did not go easily however, and in the words of TJ Brice of the News-Leader, lost to the first team capable of working harder than the Eagles.

Video from KY3 and video from KSPR 33 in Springfield (after 10pm news).

It was a quality game, played on a hot, fast surface at Slaughter Field in Waynesville between a pair of teams who have peaked at the right time. The Bruin’s (13-11-2) advance to the Final 4 next Friday evening where they will play the winner of Pattonville vs Francis Howell who play this evening at the AB Center. The Eagle’s (18-6) finish after having earned their first District win ever as well as Sectionals. They return 8 starters from today’s game including leading scorer Lauren Moats and goalkeeper Kristen Miller who was at the top of her game in today’s action.

I’ll return with more on the Eagles this weekend. I saw Nixa play 8 times this season, exceeded only by the 9 times I saw Kickapoo play so I’m interested in going a bit more in-depth on the team and District 11. Let’s see what I come up with.

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