Month: May 2014

Nixa Hosts Jeff City Saturday in Quarterfinal

6th-8th Girls 2009 Nixa Summer Camp
2009 Camp: Front Brooke Lannutti, Maran Attwooll, Mackenzie Wheeler, Lindsey Frerichs, Back: Paige Townsend, Payton DeHart, Bailey Pesek

State Quarterfinals are set and three area teams are pursuing a spot in the Final 4. Springfield Catholic looks to return for the sixth straight year in Class 1. They travel to Clinton for a game at 6:00 pm. In Class 2 Carl Junction hosts Helias for the second straight year. Game time is 4pm.

Locally, Nixa looks to return to State for the second straight year when they host Jefferson City at home, 1pm start.

The two teams faced off in the Quarterfinal in 2013 as well, a game won 3-1 by Nixa. A common foe this season is Kickapoo who fell to Jeff City 0-3 two weeks ago. The key player to watch for the Jay’s is central midfielder Sarah Luebbert, a sophomore who recently made a verbal commitment to Mizzou Soccer. She’s highly skilled and is also a tenaciousness tackler. I saw her win a ball in midfield, dribble past a pair of defenders and send a square ball through the box in the final minute of the Jays’ game against Incarnate Word for a 1-0 win over the traditional St Louis power. Nixa’s pace and broad scoring options should send them back to State but Jeff City can’t be underestimated. They’ve targeted this game from before the start of the season. Check the bio on their Twitter page if you need confirmation.

By the way, how do you like the photo above? It’s from 2009, the Grade 6-8 Nixa Summer Soccer Camp group photo. Three of the four seniors are pictured along with several other players on this years team. How’s that for building a team from the ground up? What other website in town can offer you that kind of background and cogent coverage? Keep up via Twitter

The Eagles celebrated a pair of significant marks this season. As noted earlier this week, Senior Payton DeHart became the Career scoring leader in goals with her two goals scored in the Sectional win over Kickapoo. She also holds the career mark for assists and total points, earned earlier this year. Details in my story earlier this week.

In addition, Congratulations to Coach Evan Palmer. The teams 19-3-1 record has pushed his Girls career record to 201-183-12. He earned his 400th overall win as a Coach during the Fall 2013 Boys season. His overall win total is somewhere around 425 now.

Finally, here’s a current picture of the Lady Eagles, following their District 11 title win. Good luck to all of the local teams Saturday!


Springfield SC U15 Girls prior to 1st match

Springfield SC Tryouts

Springfield SC U15 Girls prior to 1st matchThe Springfield Soccer Club will hold tryouts for the upcoming school year on June 16-19 at the Lake Country North Soccer Fields.

Teams for Girls from U7 to U18 are eligible to try out as well as Boys U7 to U14:
Tryouts for High School age boys are held in November, following the HS season.

Times and other details for tryouts can be downloaded – ssc tryout flyer 2014

Pre-register at

Payton DeHart, Nixa Eagles (2014)

Payton DeHart Sets Nixa Scoring Records

Payton DeHart, Nixa Eagles (2014)
Payton DeHart, Nixa Eagles (2014)
Congratulations to Payton DeHart, who established new career scoring records for the Nixa Eagles with her two goals in Tuesday’s Sectional game win against Kickapoo.

Payton now has 75 goals and 44 assists for 194 points, all career records at Nixa. She passed Jessie Yach (04-07) who had 73 goals, 31 assists and 177 points.

Payton will continue her soccer career for the Tusculum Pioneers, an NCAA Division II program in Greeneville, Tennessee. Payton has been named 1st team all conference three consecutive seasons (2011-13), and in 2013 was 1st Team All State, Team and District Offensive MVP as well as Southwest Player of the Year.

She plays Club with the Springfield Soccer Club Team. She’s pictured below in an advertisement I made for the 2012 State Cup held in Springfield that Summer.


MO Elite FC Alumni Game, June 2010

Missouri Elite F.C. Announces Tryouts for 2014-2015

MO Elite FC Alumni Game, June 2010
Missouri Elite F.C. is a female focused, relationship centered soccer club based in Springfield. Younger teams focus on skill development and fostering a true passion for the sport. Older teams continue to advance their knowledge and abilities in preparation to compete outside of SWMO, improve upon their skills for high school and/or take their game to the collegiate level.

Tryouts will be held at Drury University Harrison Field. For ages U11 and under, registration will begin at 5:30 pm, with tryouts from 6:00-7:30 pm. For ages U12 through high school, registration will begin at 7:00 pm with tryouts from 7:30-9:00 pm. The dates for tryouts are as follows:

U5-U7 Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17
U8-U9 Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19
U10-U11 Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17
U12-U14 Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19
High School Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17

For more information, please email

Springfield SC vs MO Elite, U14 Girls

Missouri Elite F.C. to Hold Soccer Skills Clinic

Springfield SC vs MO Elite, U14 Girls
Springfield SC vs MO Elite, U14 Girls
Sharpen your skills and have a blast at the Missouri Elite Summer Skills Clinic. Our experienced and professional staff members are dedicated to coaching the female athlete and fostering a love of soccer in a positive and fun environment.
Girls Ages 5-11
June 2-4, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Harrison Stadium, Drury University
Cost: $75

Girls Ages 12-18
June 14, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm (lunch provided)
Harrison Stadium, Drury University
Cost: $50
Contact Christy at (417) 429-6200 or with questions or to register.