State Sectional games tonight with the winners advancing to the Quarterfinals on Saturday at a location to be determined, game times will likely be 12pm or 1pm. Wonder what the rain/temps will be like then?
I’ll be in Carthage tonight while I hope to get live scores from Cassville and Springfield where the Class 2 and Class 1 games are being hosted. Anyone from Rolla going to be tweeting? Or feel free to send me game reports via text at 417-597-4314. I provide live reports via Twitter, if you have an account follow me. If you are providing scores, let me know so I can follow you!
- CLASS 3
Glendale Falcons (16-9-1) – 0
Carthage Tigers (24-4) – 3
The Tiger’s got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute tonight when Cesar Aguirre’s ball into the box drifted over the outstretched arms of the Falcon’s keeper and settled into the far side netting. It came as Carthage’s pressure offense kept Glendale on the defensive and ended up setting the tone for the game.
I noted after Carthage’s 0-5 loss to Catholic in late September that the Tiger’s would need to learn how playoff soccer. Head Coach Jacob Osborne noted following tonight’s game, it was a message the boys learned as well on the pitch that evening. They began working on the necessary steps the next day, first asking the players what they felt needed to be worked on. The ideas flowed and the buy-in followed. Three key changes included moving Joe Curti into a withdrawn forward position and moving Mark Navarette into the midfield, ensuring that the best two players were getting as many touches as possible. With junior Manny Marquez moving from the midfield into a central defender role, the transformation was complete.
The Falcon’s came out hard in the second half and attempted to get past Carthage as the Tiger’s went into a defensive shell. The response by Carthage was instinctive, as the pressure of the game settled on their minds but as they held off Glendale’s efforts, the Tiger’s slowly began to play their game again and were soon rewarded. As Mark Navarette notes in his interview (below), it was nice play on the left side that led to Navarette’s long cross into the box that Henry Luna headed back into the goal just before it went over the end line just beyond the far post.
A beautiful goal, created by a team that was moving forward and back as a unit, never allowing the Falcon’s danger boys, Hart and Martinez, the space they needed to create. A few opportunities were created outside the box, including 3 set pieces due to fouls, but nothing that goalkeeper Ludin Gonzalez was unable to handle when a shot did get past the defense.
The final goal came when Gonzalez sent a booming kick downfield that reached the Falcon’s box, pulling the keeper out before sophomore forward Ismael Serratos picked up the ball and slid his shot into an unoccupied net for the final margin.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_cIRiLoQa0]
Rock Bridge Bruins (24-5) – 3
Rolla Bulldogs (16-10-2) – 2
Senior Ryan Taylor scored first for the Bruins (23-5). A goal from junior Matt Kelly put Rock Bridge ahead 2-1 and a goal from junior Ryan Schmidt made it 3-1. Rolla scored the game’s final goal.
The Quarterfinal between Rock Bridge and Carthage will be played in Columbia, at Rock Bridge, on Saturday November 13th at noon we believe, although the MSHSAA site notes 12 am.
- CLASS 2
Bolivar Liberators (19-7) – 1
Cassville Wildcats (11-14) – 0
Matt Magana unassisted in the 73rd
Marshall Owls (23-2) – 4
Warrensburg Tigers (17-9-1) – 3
Josh Posegate (WPHS Class of 2000) in his third season as the Owl’s Head Boys Soccer Coach, will be looking to get Marshall back to the Final Four for the first time since 2003. A victory against the Liberators on Saturday would send the Owls to the Final Four in St. Louis on November 19th and 20th. For the Liberators it would be a return trip after finishing 2nd last year, their highest finish ever.
Marshall hosts Bolivar Saturday
- CLASS 1
Crocker Lions (21-3) – 0
Springfield Catholic (19-6) – 4
Catholic got a pair of goals in each half tonight. Sr Adam Entrup opened the scoring 18 minutes in followed by Niko Temofeew in the 34th. Mitchell Moncada and Ryan Randell scored in the second half.
Southern Boone County (19-5) – 0
Sacred Heart (16-11) – 1
Looks like Sacred Heart will host the Quarterfinal between Catholic and Sacred Heart on Saturday
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