UPDATED – With a hat trick in the Eagles 4-0 win over the Ozark Tigers, Robert now owns the career goal-scoring record at Nixa as well as the overall career scoring record. He recorded goals 54-56 in the win, while adding his 46th career assist, extending the scoring record to 158 and counting.
The Eagles next game is Friday in Creve Coeur against St Dominic’s, the #1 ranked small school in St Louis. SGFsoccer will be on hand for that game (weather permitting) so look for live reports, photos and video this weekend.
From September 19 – As reported by the Nixa Soccer website, senior Robert Neathery is now the all time leading scorer with 138 points 48 goals and 42 assists. He surpasses Kaleb Romero’s 136 points. Kaleb went on to play for Northeastern OK A&M (a two year program) and now plays for the Southwest Baptist Bearcats on their inaugural men’s team.
Robert’s ‘coming out party’ was in the District 11 semifinal two years ago. How many of you remember that match at Cooper Stadium? Here’s what I had to say about that game, and Robert.
#2 Glendale Falcons – 5 (PKs)
#3 Nixa Eagles – 4
The Nixa Eagles discovered some mojo tonight and his name is Robert Neathery. Scoring three goals for the Eagles, before going out late in the match with an injury, it appeared the boys team were destined to repeat the heights reached by the girls program in the Spring. It was not to be however as the Falcon’s clawed their way back into the game, equalizing in the 77th minute on sophomore Evan Garrad’s 30 yard blast that found the upper 90.
That was one of the more remarkable playoff games that I can recall in my 10 years of following the game in Southwest Missouri. Check out the video of Evan Garrad’s game-tying goal and a photo gallery from that evening.
Robert and Evan, both senior leaders on their squad, will face off on October 15th at Glendale.
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