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Missouri Class 3 All-District 12 Honors

Miriam Melugin, Kickapoo Chiefs
Miriam Melugin, Kickapoo
Aspen Hawkins, Central Bulldogs (2014) enroute to game-winning goal
Aspen Hawkins, Central
The 2013 All-District Team for District 12 Class 3 schools has been announced. Recognition for District, Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA).

CO -Player Of The Year: Miriam Melugin & Aspen Hawkins
Offensive MVP: Kenzie Dunaway
Defensive MVP: Natalie Closser
GK MVP: Molly Wassam
COY: Phil Hodge

The District includes the Central Bulldogs, Joplin Eagles, Kickapoo Chiefs and Parkview Vikings. The Chiefs won the District title 3-1 over Central, matching the boys team who won the title in the Fall of this school year. Continue reading “Missouri Class 3 All-District 12 Honors”

Glendale Wins At Kickapoo

The Glendale Falcon’s, 3rd place finishers in 2011, visited their second city rival in as many days and came away with their second shutout of this young season. Following Tuesday’s 4-0 win over the Parkview Vikings, Glendale stoned the ‘Poo with a 3-0 win.

It was a somewhat uninspiring game given the history of games these two squads have played. Still early in the season, post-Spring Break, there are many reasons that could explain the result but the one constant that will be on display this year is the difference that the Falcon’s two Missouri State recruits offer Head Coach Jeff Rogers.

Playing a 3-5-2 with sophomore Kendra Lierz in goal for her second season, the Falcon’s two playmakers are given free reign to move forward from their central positions as the game demands. Club teammates as well, the communication they have established makes that possible although Alix Opfer (#9) can be found filling the defensive responsibilities more often while Molly Brewer (#6) is the more attacking minded.

Opfer set up the first goal this evening, sending a ball into the box. The initial play was broken up but a goalkeeper bobble was all Sarah Powell (#14) needed, pouncing on the loose ball to score the first goal in the 18th minute. The second goal was scored by Opfer, from Brewer’s corner kick. It’s described as a header on the Glendale site although from my vantage point, it appeared to come after the ball was allowed to bounce just outside the six yard box with Opfer redirecting it over the keeper. Alix returned the favor in the second half when she sent Brewer towards the goal. A cut to the right and a shot as she ran across the top before unleashing her shot for the final margin.

The Chief’s are a young team that will rely on a core of sophomores this year, led by Miriam Melugin in midfield. With seniors McKenzie Danzer in goal, Brittany Baker at sweeper and Casey Weitzel at forward, the squad will call on them to make a difference in the tight games going forward. Sophomore Brianna Hilton brought some important moxie to the battle against Glendale from her stopper role. One freshmen, Natalie Closser, is on the roster and she showed patience and vision when she came into the midfield next to Melugin. Expect to see more of her.

As to the Falcon’s, from what I can see from my new vantage point in St Louis, the competition to get back to the Final 4 will come from the Nixa Eagles and Columbia Rock Bridge. The toughest team I’ve seen this year (after 8 games) is the Pattonville Pirates who have pace, scoring and skill. Their team is better than the squad that reached the Final 4 in 2009 and 2011 and the seniors on that team, including future Lady Bear Mikala McGhee are hungry.

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