Month: August 2012


NCAA Division 2 Women’s College Soccer in the Ozarks

drury-panthers-hatz-sprouse-clineI’ve updated my calendars for the area teams I’ll be tracking this season. All of the teams are in action this weekend and there are some interesting games on tap. Here are the current schedules for the Labor Day weekend. Check the schools website to be certain before heading out during this weekends weather.

The Drury Panthers, featuring three local women in Shelby Hatz, Lindsey Sprouse and Emily Cline (pictured), are hosting the Drury Invitational with four games for both the men and the women this weekend. A strong finish to last season – a 4-1-1 mark in its final six matches – has given the Drury women’s soccer team a healthy dose of optimism for the 2012 campaign. Now if they could just get everyone healthy so they could act upon it.

Friday Aug 31 7:30 pm: Drury vs Washburn (MIAA)
Sunday Sep 2, 2:30 pm: Drury vs Wayne State
Games are at Harrison Stadium/The Curry Sports Complex
A rough preseason on the injury front, including the loss of a prized freshman, Mariah Gove (ankle) to a season-ending injury before they even got started, has coach Alf Bilbao’s Panthers opening the season with a skeleton crew. The Panthers, coming off an 8-8-2 finish in 2011, will likely begin the campaign with just 14 healthy field players, but with several due to work their way back into the lineup as the season’s opening weeks commence. Read more

Friday Aug 31 5:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Wayne State
Sunday Sep 2 12:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Washburn
The Missouri S&T Miners are also participating in the Drury Invitational and will face Washburn and Wayne State as well, saving direct matches against Drury for GLVC play later this season. The Miner’s are picked to finish 11th in the GLVC this season with a key factor being the loss of Melissa Young (Helias) who has graduated. A preview of the team can be found here.

Friday Aug. 31: MSSU at Missouri-St. Louis, 2:30 pm
Sunday Sept. 2: MSSU at Quincy 12 p.m.
The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team, picked to finish fifth this season, will begin play on the road. They will travel to Missouri St. Louis before heading north of the Missouri border to face Quincy. Defender Corrine Tebbs returns to anchor the Lion defense. Junior Tiffany Laughlin joins the squad from Missouri State. The Joplin Globe offered Southern Soccer Opens with Confidence today, a good read!

Friday Aug. 31: SBU vs. Upper Iowa 4:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 1: SBU vs. Concordia St. Paul 2:30 p.m.
The SBU Bearcats will open the season in Fayette, Iowa where they will face Upper Iowa and Concordia St. Paul. They are led by senior goalkeeper Megan Link who allowed only 2.13 goals per game and recorded two shutouts during the 2011 season.

My coverage list includes the Drury Panthers (D2, Great Lakes Valley Conference), Missouri S&T Miners (D2, GLVC), Missouri Southern Lions (D2, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and Southwest Baptist Wildcats (D2, MIAA) I’ve added College Women to the Calendar I maintain, you can find it in the right sidebar.

Jackson Patillo (Willard 2011) battles KC Blaze (red)

Jackson Patillo Competing in English FA Cup

Jackson Patillo (Willard 2011) battles KC Blaze (red)
Jackson Patillo (Willard 2011) battles KC Blaze (red)
Jackson Patillo, a Willard High School and Springfield SC alum, is attending college at the Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy in Leeds, England. The opportunity to move to the UK and play year round came as a result of a Missouri ODP soccer tour to England. Patillo, along with Joe Curti (Carthage) played in front of RIASA Director of Coaching Mark Ellis against two English Professional Academy Teams when the 93 Missouri ODP squad traveled to the UK in the Summer of 2010. You can read more about Patillo and RIASA in my recruiting story here.

In addition to pursuing his college degree at RIASA, he is playing for the school program AND he is playing Eccleshill United FC. The following article from the RIASA site describes the action!

Ian Whiting, a local sports reporter wrote in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus several weeks ago that RIASA/Eccleshill United FC were waiting for the arrival of the Americans to rescue them. Whiting’s prophecy is proving to be correct. RIASA directs all the football operations at the Northern Counties East League club providing development opportunities for the RIASA students.

This past week RIASA/Eccleshill moved up their league and today progressed in the English FA cup, which is the world’s most prestigious competition that allows all clubs in England to compete. The present holders of this world-renowned trophy are Manchester City FC.

Mark Ellis the RIASA football director was delighted with the team’s performance. Ellis added, “Jackson Patillo, Jae Lee Yun, Brandon Roane, Adam McCabe and Victor Balis were all part of the RIASA/Eccleshill squad that produced a great result and now have another opportunity to show what they can do against a team that plays a few leagues higher. It will be a great challenge but a wonderful opportunity in their overall development”.

You can read more on the RIASA site. Congratulations to Jackson.

I’ll have a follow up interview with John Roeslein, Director of Missouri ODP as well as the RIASA North American Director of Recruiting, about Missouri ODP plans for 2012-2013 soon. Look for that and more on soccer development in Missouri in the coming weeks. If you have questions you’d like answered, leave a comment or contact me with your thoughts.

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U20 US Women Face N Korea In World Cup Quarterfinals Friday

u20-uswnt-world-cupVia US Soccer – Despite dropping its final Group D match in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 loss to defending champion Germany, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Video highlights can be seen below.

In Monday’s other Group D match, China PR defeated Ghana 1-0 to finish the group stage with four points alongside the USA. China could not make up the significant goal differential, and the U.S. advanced to the next round. The U.S. was shut out for the first time in this year’s tournament while Germany has yet to allow a goal through three games and won Group D with nine points.

The USA will face Korea DPR in a quarterfinal match on Aug. 31 at Komaba Stadium in Saitama. The quarterfinal match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 with coverage starting at 5:20 a.m. CT. I’ve included the full TV schedule for the Quarterfinals below, all of which are being shown live on ESPNU. All are included in the Soccer on TV calendar in the footer of this website.

Thursday August 30th

Friday August 31st
NORTH KOREA-USA – 5:20 am.

Who is the Ozark’s Top Boys Soccer Player

I guess I could put up a photo to go with this story but that might tip my hand. Suffice it to say that my choice isn’t the same as the early leader. If the boys at O Zone are going to troll for traffic this way, might as well ensure there is as large a vote as possible.

Poll Question: Who is Ozarks’ top boys soccer player?

The OzarksSportsZone team is asking who is the Ozarks’ top boys soccer player in 2012. Make your vote each day. Voting will close on Friday at 5:00 pm. Results will be announced on Ozarks Sports Zone at 11:00 pm Friday on the Ozarks CW. Spread the word to vote for your favorite!


#2 Stanford vs #3 Penn State Broadcast Tonight and More

Penn-State-Soccer-Ann-CookThere are some fine college games being broadcast this season, on Fox Soccer as well as ESPN3 and Big Ten Network. Here’s the list for the coming week and as always, check my Soccer on TV calendar in the footer.

Starting off the coming week of games is #3 Penn State hosting #2 Stanford (according to Soccer America’s rankings). Print this list out and put it next to the DVR. Then get out and cheer on the Missouri State Bear’s tonight at 6pm! BTW, that’s Ann Cook (Glendale) in the back row, right after training with the team (she’s the Assoc Head Coach).

Friday Aug. 24, 6:30 pm – #3 Penn State vs #2 Stanford on Big Ten Network
Friday Aug. 24, 6:00 pm – #19 North Carolina vs. #20 Florida on ESPN3
Friday Aug. 31, 6:00 pm – #5 Florida State vs. #20 Florida on ESPN3
Saturday Sep. 1, 8:00 pm – BYU vs. Colorado College on BYUtv

Friday Aug. 24, 6:00 pm – South Florida vs. Michigan on Fox Soccer
Sunday Aug. 25, 6:00 pm – #6 North Carolina vs. Gardner-Webb on ESPN3
Friday Aug. 31, 6:30 pm – #3 Maryland vs. #8 UCLA on ESPN3
Friday Sep. 7, 6:00 pm – #1 Connecticut vs. Washington on Fox Soccer
Saturday Sep. 8, 6:00 pm – #6 North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech on ESPN3escort japanese dubai