My Anniversary weekend. Tonight’s game at Kickapoo marks 6 years of coverage on this website, which started with the Catholic at Kickapoo game in 2005. Come out and join me to see some of the finest girls soccer available in the region. I guarantee a good game!
Kickapoo Chiefs – 5
Springfield Catholic – 1
The Fightin’ Irish made their traditional early season visit to Kickapoo and earned their fifth straight win over the Chiefs, the first win coming in 2007 when senior Elle Holtmann (Rockhurst) and junior Tara Bailes (Missouri State) got the first win in 2007, in the 2nd overtime. This year it was seniors Natalie Smid (2 goals) and Shelby Hatz (three goals, including the game-winner) who led the Irish to the win. Smid finally broke through a resolute Chiefs defense when she pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 27th, following a corner kick by freshman Lydia Holtmann (yep, the younger sister of Elle).
Kickapoo struck back in the 36th when Brittany Baker put her shot into the upper right corner, from 25+ yards out. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Shelby Hatz was sent in on a break away by Smid only a minute later, getting the goal on her second chance after keeper McKenzie Danzer parried the first shot. It was the game-winner, despite the Chief’s best efforts in the second half.
Kickapoo came out strong in the second half and challenged the Irish but saw Catholic extend their lead when they were able to get numbers into the box. First Hatz in the 46th, then Smid once again being opportunistic inside the box in the 53rd, put Catholic ahead 4-1. The final goal was a beauty, started when Smid picked up a loose ball at midfield, quickly sent Hatz towards goal down the left side before it was switched to the right where Bekah Bade was streaking in on goal. Her shot was just wide, rebounding off the upright and into Hatz’s path which she reliably finished.
It’s still early, and Kickapoo was missing Rachel McIntyre, sitting out this game due to the red card earned in the Glendale game Wednesday, but Catholic looks to be the best program in the region. They’ll face off against Nixa next week and Glendale in mid-May. Of the two challengers, I think Nixa has the better opportunity to beat them, with their combination of skill and pace most comparable to Catholic.
Willard Tigers – 3
Marshfield Blue Jays – 1
Washington Blue Jays – 2
Waynesville Tigers – 0
Ozark Tigers –
Greenwood Blue Jays –
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