Month: November 2011

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Springfield Catholic Capture First State Title

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First year coach Tom Guinn didn’t know what to expect when he took the job as head coach of the boys soccer team at Springfield Catholic. He had never even seen them play. Guinn knew about the team’s recent success but he was told the Irish had lost quite a few seniors and he would have his work cut out for him.

“Going into it I knew the expectations were going to be high,” Guinn said. I knew people were expecting us to win but I didn’t know what kind of talent we were going to have. I would say within the first week or so I knew that this team was going to be good.”

Guinn’s gut feeling turned out to be a little off, the Springfield Catholic boys soccer team was a lot better than good. On Sunday, they capped an undefeated 29-0-1 season with a Class 1 State Championship by beating Pembroke Hill (KC) 1-0 in Blue Springs.

The state title was the first by a boys’ soccer team in Southwest Missouri and it was a long time coming for the Irish. Though this is only the fifth year of the boys’ soccer program at Springfield Catholic, the team has seen its share of heartbreak. After finishing third in 2008, the Irish were beaten in the state championship game the next two seasons.

Senior midfielder Luke Straus started in every Irish state tournament game. He said it was a huge relief for the team to finally break through this season.

“My freshman year was the first time we ever went to state so honestly I was pretty happy with third and just going to state,” Straus said. “The last two years have been pretty painful because we knew we were the better team.”

Last season, the Irish entered the state championship game as heavy favorites against a Whitfield team they had beaten 3-0 in the regular season only to be shutout 1-0. Things had an eerie feel as the Irish stepped onto the pitch Sunday against a Pembroke Hill team they had dominated in October.

“It was déjà vu all over again for us this year because we played Pembroke Hill in the regular season and beat them 3-0 and then we see them in the finals and we have a chance to exorcise our demons,” Guinn said. “I told the guys to realize that this isn’t a regular season game this is a state title game, it’s completely different and they need to come out and get things done.”

During the regular season, there were only three games that the Irish did not win by at least three goals (the tie came against Ft. Zumwalt West in the Gateway City Classic) but, like coach Guinn said, everything is different in the state title game.

Pembroke Hill hung right with the Irish, but in the end the better team found a way as junior forward Mitch Moncada’s header landed in the back of the net and the Irish were finally state champs.

To make sure that sure that they did not wear down at the end of the year, the Irish made conditioning a big part of their training. Senior defender Reid Harbach said that the team’s goal was to out-work everybody else.

“We like to keep a high level of practice all the time,” Harbach said. “We work hard during sprints and everything to make sure we’re more fit than the other teams because it makes a huge difference in the end.”

Coach Guinn said that a combination of great leadership from his five seniors and the team’s strong work ethic were what put the Irish over the top. He said that from the first day of practice, the Irish were fiercely intent on winning the title and going undefeated and being the first Springfield area team to do so were just icing on the cake.

“I think it does mean a lot now that we’ve done it,” Guinn said. “It does mean a lot to the Springfield community. It puts Springfield soccer on the map.”

Next season, coach Guinn and everyone else should have a pretty good idea of what the Springfield Catholic team is capable of. Now that they’ve gotten over the hump, good luck getting them back down.

This story was written by Harrison Keegan who previously covered Sporting KC on this website. He is a Missouri State student who covers sports for the Missouri State Standard and has also worked for TAGSGF.com.

MITCH MONCADA’S GAME WINNER AGAINST PEMBROKE HILL
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Lou Opfer Named MVP Of College Club Soccer Open Championships

Congratulations to Lou Opfer (Glendale) for being named the MVP of the recently concluded Club Soccer Championships in Phoenix. She was joined on the All-Tournament squad by five of her teammates, en route to winning the National Championship in the Open Category. Photos are from the Champions Facebook page. By the way, that’s Lou on the left.

Women’s Open All Tournament Team
Mariah McClain, University of Missouri Most Outstanding Goalkeeper
Lou Opfer (Springfield Glendale), University of Missouri, MVP

Lauren Stockwell, University of Missouri
Alyssa Weatherly, University of Missouri
Melissa Murphy, University of Missouri
Nicole Newell, University of Missouri
Emily Chang, University of California, Berkeley
Mendy Berglin, University of California, Berkeley
Jane Rhodes, University of Southern California
Maliakelly White, University of Colorado
Kelsie Dickerson, University of California, Berkeley
Meagan Reitz, University of Illinois

With a pair of 2-0 wins, the first over James Madison followed by a similar result against Illinois on Saturday, the Mizzou Women’s Club Soccer program captured first place in the Open Division of the National Campus Championship Series, run by NIRSA, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

For more details, check out the Tournament blog and visit the Mizzou Facebook page to offer your congratulations.

In 2010 the MU Women’s Club Soccer Team came in 3rd place at the NIRSA National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. The team also finished the Kansas-Missouri Soccer League with the best overall record and played in a championship game at the Region 4 Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. In 2009 the team won the Region IV Soccer Tournament at Kansas State University and qualified as a top 24 team for the NIRSA National Tournament where they placed 17th in the Championship bracket.english escorts in dubai

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COC Soccer All-Conference Honors

drake-trease-nixa-eaglesludin-gonzalez-carthage-tigersThe Central Ozark Conference Coaches have released their All-Conference list for 2011. 31 players from 8 teams.

FIRST TEAM
JAXN ROGERS, WILLARD
ROBERT NEATHERY, NIXA
LUKE MOORE, NIXA
DRAKE TREASE, NIXA
COREY CANN, NIXA
LUDIN GONZALES, CARTHAGE
MISAEL MATURINO, CARTHAGE
ISMAEL SERRATOS, CARTHAGE
ROBBIE OSLICA, OZARK
JACOB NEIDIG, OZARK
LUIS VARGAS, NEOSHO

SECOND TEAM
AARON TAPPANA, WEBB CITY
WALTER AVALOS, CARTHAGE
DUSTIN HILL, NEOSHO
CARLOS MENA, BRANSON
MATT JONES, WILLARD
HUGO DONJUAN, REPUBLIC
SCOTT STERLING, NIXA
MASON YOUNG, NIXA
VICTOR LOPEZ, CARTHAGE
PATRICK HUBBARD, BRANSON
JIMMY OSLICA, OZARK
JACOB AGEE, OZARK

HONORABLE MENTION
ALEX CHRISTIAN WEBB CITY
JOHN DELATORRE WILLARD
SPENCER SMITH WILLARD
MITCHELL HEINZLER REPUBLIC
CARLOS LUNA CARTHAGE
NICK MCDOWELL BRANSON
JAMESON MCFADDEN NIXA
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Bradley and Creighton Receive NCAA Bids

bradley-braves-missouri-state-andy-cooperThe Creighton Blue Jays are joined by the Bradley Braves today in receiving NCAA bids. The 48 team field was announced at 3:30 pm today via NCAA.com and includes the two Missouri Valley teams. Creighton received the overall #2 seed, behind North Carolina who won their Conference championship on Sunday over Boston College, who enter the tournament as the fourth seed. Connecticut is the 3rd seed.

Bradley receives their bid despite falling to Creighton in the MVC Conference semifinal. The reasons for their choice can likely be found in these two categories:

BEATING THE BEST
Bradley owns a 3-0-1 record against teams that are the No. 1 seeds in their respective conference tournaments … All three of the non-conference games versus eventual league champions were played away from home:

vs. South Florida – Big East – Win by 2-1 (ot)
vs. South Carolina – Conference USA – Tie of 2-2 (2ot)
at Western Illinois – Summit League – Win of 1-0
Missouri State – Missouri Valley – Win of 1-0

ROAD RESULTS
Bradley enters the MVC Tournament with a 6-2-0 true road record and a 7-2-1 overall record away from home … Of the teams in the top 30 of Tuesday’s NCAA RPI report, Bradley was one of only nine schools with as many as six wins away from home … Bradley began last week as one of only 16 teams in the entire country with as many as six wins away from home.

Here is the entire bracket announcement. Games begin Thursday November 17th at home fields, leading to second round games on Sunday.escort dubai independent

Karl Dupont, Waynesville Tigers and Hunter Durham, Kickapoo Chiefs

2011 Ozark Conference All-Conference Team

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Karl Dupont, Waynesville Tigers and Hunter Durham, Kickapoo Chiefs

Post season recognition. 55 boys are recognized by the 10 teams in the Ozark Conference.

MVP Defense – Griffen Locke, Joplin Eagles, 11
Co-Offensive MVP
* Karl DuPont, Waynesville Tigers, 12
* Hunter Durham, Kickapoo Chiefs, 11

Player School Grade Position
Joseph Loden Joplin 12 B
Griffen Locke Joplin 11 B
Joe Rice Joplin 11 F
Elliot Williams Kickapoo 11 M
Hunter Durham Kickapoo 11 F
Devan Selsor Kickapoo 12 M
Karl Dupont Waynesville 12 F
Camoy Blash Waynesville 11 F
Steven Spellmon Waynesville 12 B
Miles Wilson Rolla 12 B
Aaron Froehlich Rolla 10 F
Austin Hart Glendale 12 M
Robbie Hoffman Camdenton 12 D
Brian Otradovec Parkview 12 F
Brodie Bender West Plains 12 F
Cody Cates Lebanon 9 D
Caleb Boston Hillcrest 10 GK
2nd Team
Brock Renken Joplin 10 GK
Ryan Estus Joplin 11 F
Will Krolman Joplin 11 B
Aaron Strunk Kickapoo 11 F
Jake Nedoma Kickapoo 12 M
Dane Ruggeri Kickapoo 12 D
Ian Drew Waynesville 12 M
Zach King Waynesville 12 M
Brandon Loredo Waynesville 12 B
Matt Calvert Rolla 11 M
Logan Houf Rolla 10 M
Alex Wolfram Glendale 12 K
Sam Knetzer Glendale 12 D
Connor Smith Camdenton 11 M
Levi Pueppke Parkview 11 B
Colton Hensley West Plains 12 M
Michael Juergensen Lebanon 12 GK
Jared Wilkinson Hillcrest 12 M
Honorable Mention
Garrett Ward Joplin 11 M
Cole Shepard Joplin 11 B
Turner Adams Kickapoo 11 D
Josh McCutcheon Kickapoo 11 M
Steven Jimenez Waynesville 11 M
Matt Pryor Waynesville 12 B
Jesse Ellis Waynesville 12 B/M
Gage Scurlock Rolla 10 Keeper
Hunter Short Rolla 10 F
Matt Call Glendale 11 D
Evan Garrad Glendale 11 M
Kyler Moore Camdenton 11 F
Thomas Hunter Lebanon 10 D
Louis Taylor Parkview 10 M
Evin Barber Parkview 12 GK
TJ Joy Parkview 11 B
Ryan McDermott Hillcrest 11 D
Austin Strait Hillcrest 11 D
Logan Johnson West Plains 11 F
Brayden Hutfless Kickapoo 12 K

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