Tag: Josh Scott

Nelson Morgan – A Pulaski County Soccer Pioneer

A son’s letter…

The people who founded youth soccer, maintained it and now run it in the Waynesville-St.Robert area are numerous and otherwise unrecognized volunteers. Richland, Laquey, Dixon, and Crocker all owe a debt of gratitude to these people, for creating local interest in the sport and guiding them in the creation of their own leagues. Last fall, the Crocker boys finished their year at the State Final 4, a direct result of the regions development.

But the reason I write this letter is for one man. I doubt seriously the people of these communities know that the unassuming junior varsity girl’s soccer coach for the Waynesville Tigers is one of the founders of Pulaski County soccer. On Thursday May 8, 2008, my father Nelson Morgan, will coach his last soccer game.

He’s coached more than a thousand soccer players from ages 5-19 in the Waynesville area the past 22 years. He took a year off in the late 90’s from coaching high school, but continued even then with youth teams. During this period he’s been the common thread running through coaches, players, youth leagues, field maintenance, flood recovery, school board meetings, athletic directors, etc. He is, as far as I’m concerned the grandfather not only of my nephew, but also of Pulaski County soccer.

He’s been there for it all, from 1986 to 2008. And I thank him publicly for that. I play a soccer game weekly nearly 500 miles away from Waynesville, in Murfreesboro, TN. The field is full of 20-30 something soccer has-beens, a generation of people who grew up playing soccer. We all seem to have the same story, a small town league, where no one knew how to start a new sport. But we learned to love the game, as do thousands of people in Pulaski County on Saturday mornings now regularly. Thanks Dad, this is your legacy. It is a good one.

Skylor Morgan
Smyrna, TN

Waynesville Tigers at Springfield Catholic Fightin' IrishNelson has done a great job maintaining and always trying to improve Waynesville soccer. I have gotten to know Nelson well the last 2 years and have found him one of the most prepared coaches I have ever been around. He is a student of the game and has a passion for soccer and the kids that is rivaled by few. Nelson is never out-worked by an opposing coach and he strives to put his players in a situations that allow them to be successful. On top of that, I have never in my life seen someone keep such meticulous statistics. Nelson, you may retire from coaching, but I am certain we will see you around some Ozark Conference matches with the floppy hat and the chair that must now say: the re-un-re-tired Coach Morgan. We’ll miss your excitement about the game in Waynesville.
Josh Scott, Head Coach
Waynesville Tigers

Nelson has been the face of Waynesville soccer since its inception. His hard work and dedication will be missed. He truly is one of the good people in our business, and I for one will miss seeing him at the Waynesville games. Thanks Nelson for all you did for soccer in our area.
Tom Davidson
Ozark Tigers

Nelson carried that clipboard around like a preacher carries a Bible. I have always admired his professionalism in everything he did. Through his efforts, Waynesville is one of the first programs that led the way on how to properly host a district tournament or state play off game. They saw the importance of honoring the teams playing by doing the small things to allow the participating teams the ability to just focus on the game. Nelson was a big part of that effort and for that I will always be grateful. Congrats on all the years you have invested in encouraging kids to learn and play the beautiful game, but more importantly the life lessons you have instilled.
Jeff Rogers
Glendale Falcons

Loyal is a word that I would say describes Nelson Morgan. In my 17 years at Rolla, Waynesville has had 6 head coaches, including Nelson himself. With that kind of turnover it is difficult to maintain any consistency, yet Nelson has given that to the Tiger program and that takes a unique quality. He takes a great deal of pride in the soccer program and I am happy that he has seen this senior group at Waynesville have some success as he certainly deserves it.
Mike Howard
Rolla Bulldogs
sex clubs in dubai

Waynesville Tigers Earn Second Straight Ozark Conference Crown

Waynesville Tigers Earn 1st Win Ever Over Glendale FalconsWaynesville Tigers – 7
Parkview Vikings – 0
Katie Pritchard scored 4 goals this evening, reaching a regional milestone. She now has 167 goals for her career, tying her with Anne Felts of the Rolla Bulldogs as the most prolific scorer in Southwest Missouri. Michaele Fulmer of KC O’Hara owns the state record with 204 but Katie’s next goal will place her second in the state record books. She’s pictured from the game against Glendale earlier this season when she scored a hat trick, including the game winner in OT.

In addition, the Tigers completed a 9-0 run through the Ozark Conference this evening with their win over the Vikings. Glendale is their closest competitor, and shared the crown with them last year, but it is the Tigers alone at the top this season. Congratulations to Coach Josh Scott and his squad!

Springfield Catholic – 6
Bolivar Liberators – 0
Springfield Catholic vs Bolivar Liberators The Liberators visited this evening and fought hard (that’s senior Lindsy Archer pictured) but were unable to break through the Irish defense. Tara Bailes, playing her first full match without her knee brace, led Catholic with three goals and an assist. Anna DeLong scored twice and Shelby Hatz once, while Natalie Smid had two assists and Emily Kessler had one.

The Liberators had a few good opportunities in the first half (while I was there), the best when freshman midfielder Izzy Mersch sent Archer into the box with a nice diagonal ball. Archer was able to find space in the box and get her shot off but freshman Rachel Scott reacted well to the ball and pulled it in. The rematch will likely be Wednesday May 14th in the District Final. Photo slideshow from the 1st Half.

Glendale Falcons vs Lebanon YellowjacketsGlendale Falcons – 2
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 1
The wind was blowing hard tonight but the Falcon’s didn’t let it disturb them as they rebounded from an early goal by the Yellowjackets, scoring two against the wind in the first half to eke out the victory over last years vanquishers. Lebanon got on the scoreboard in the 3rd minute when Hanna Winkel won a 50/50 ball in the offensive end and broke past the defense. She shot quickly and caught the keeper off the line and the ball just went in under the crossbar. The Falcon’s evened it in the 14th minute when the defense was caught napping on a corner kick by Jamie Bond. Lindsay Sprouse was unmarked in the box and one-timed her shot into the left side of the net.

In the 23rd minute, it was Karis Hefton who got the game-winner (pictured). She was sent into the box on a fine through ball by senior Megan Garrad, and despited being challenged as she entered the box, Hefton hammered a shot from the penalty spot that blew by the keeper into the roof of the net.

The second half was scoreless, as both goal keepers stepped up tonight. Abbey Roam for the Yellowjackets had to face a half dozen corners kicks as the Falcons used the wind and their speed to get into the corners but she didn’t back down, including one remarkable sequence that finished with her diving at Lou Opfer’s feet to finish it. Rachel Duckworth, for the Falcons, continues her on-the-job training with a flourish. In the 65th, Lebanon counter-attacked from a Glendale corner kick and sent Chelsey LeFors in on goal. Duckworth’s instincts were excellent, coming out quickly and diving for the ball. The rebound was sent back in quickly but somehow Rachel was able to get back up and make the final save, diving once again as the attacker tumbled over her in the box.

Both teams went about their jobs in workmanlike fashion tonight, saving the real intensity for the District playoffs I have to assume. Lebanon needs to show patience in the offensive end while trying to avoid giving up the corner kicks and fouls outside the box. The Falcons are going to have to improve their efficiency on set pieces if they want to avoid these close games. All of it bodes well for the spectators as the District 11 playoffs offer some excellent soccer. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t send a shout out to Lebanon’s Emily Boyer, their sophomore midfielder is out with mono. I missed her energy. Janell Glidden was a talented, physical presence in the middle and up top for the Yellowjackets and a new face for me. Welcome back to the game! Photo slideshow from the game.

Camdenton Lakers – 3 (PKs)
Joplin Eagles – 2
The Lady Lakers defeated Joplin in a penalty kick shootout. Camdenton led 1-0 early in the match when sophomore midfielder Jessica Smith received a pass across the mouth of the goal from senior Meg Manzer. The score stayed 1-0 until the second minute of the second half when Joplin scored on a free kick that got past senior goalie Krista Murphy. The 1-1 score held until 10 minutes left in the match when Manzer was fouled inside the penalty area and senior midfielder Blaire Baker scored on a penalty kick. With less than two minutes left in the match, a Camdenton foul inside the penalty area resulted in Joplin tying the match up 2-2, again via the penalty spot.

After two ten-minute over time periods, the match went to a pk shootout. It was Camdenton’s third of the season and Joplin’s first. The Lady Lakers won the shootout as all five of Camdenton’s shooters made their penalty kick. Camdenton’s Krista Murphy was able to stop Joplin’s third shooter on a diving save that was pushed off the right post and rolled back towards the shooter. Joplin’s fourth shooter scored on a penalty kick which left it up to Camdenton freshman Ashley Paschel to calmly step up and hit her first ever high school penalty kick which ensured a Camdenton victory 5-3.

Willard Tigers – 2
Central Bulldogs – 1

Kickapoo Chiefs – 9
Hillcrest Hornets – 1

Ozark Tigers – 6
Neosho Wildcats – 0
Three seniors scored goals for the Lady Tigers on Senior Night en route to the shutout over district opponent Neosho. Kristen Glaubitz got two, Erica Hogan got one as did Jessica Bush. Sophomore Megan Gunnels and sophomore Alicia Collard rounded out the scoring for Ozark.

Nixa Eagles – 4
Marshfield Jays – 1
In the first ten minutes of the game, the Lady Eagles had scored two goals; one by senior forward Stephanie Allen and one by freshman out-side midfielder Kelsey Bartell. Both goals exemplified Nixa’s renewed confidence and hunger for goals. The Lady Jays’ Ashley Honeycutt slipped behind the Nixa defense and slotted the ball into the net soon after. Allen got two more in the second half for her hat trick.
escort dubai agency

Weekend Game Reports

Wow, how about this weather eh? Reminds me of the fact that the NCAA Frozen Four is this weekend. And there’s a great side story associated with the most excellent hockey being played in Denver. Remember the movie “Slapstick” “Slapshot”? Then you remember the Hanson Brothers. Well, one of their sons is playing for Notre Dame in the Final. 6:00 pm tonight on ESPN, watch it at Coester’s.

OK, back to this weekends non-Tournament games 🙂

Waynesville Tigers – 4
Hazelwood Central – 2
Playing against Head Coach Josh Scott’s alma mater, the Tigers defended their home field Friday evening, defeating the BiState Shootout champions (and District 3 defending champions). The Tigers fell behind 1-0 in the second minute but tied on a goal by Tasha Lord before halftime. Katie Pritchard scored twice and Orielle Thomas once in the second half. Crystal Hutchinson recorded 13 saves in the net.

West Plains Zizzers – 8
Mountain View Liberty Eagles – 1
Playing only their second varsity game, against their only opponent so far, the Eagles got a goal from Shelly Renegar late in the second half. The Zizzers had goals from Rachel Skelly, Katie Shannon, Michelle Esterle, Ashley Harris, Beth Kittle, Laiken Tyler, Jamie Brassfield and Kelly Smith.

    Saturday Games

Waynesville Tigers – 5
Hillcrest Hornets – 1
In a game that was tied 1-1 at half, the Tigers woke up in the second to keep their record unblemished in the Ozark Conference. Katie Pritchard scored three, including a final PK, while Lynette Newcomb and Tasha Lord scored for Waynesville. Sara Rodriguez scored for Hillcrest.

Rolla Bulldogs – 2
Hazelwood Central – 1
After a scoreless first half, Hazelwood Central took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the second half when Danielle Bergfeld scored for the visiting Hawks. Sophomore Jaclyn Standfast tied the game with sixteen minutes remaining off a pass from Junior Ashley Kerr. Junior Kim Carter scored the game winner with less than three minutes left after Sophomore Olivia Cox won a 50/50 ball with the keeper outside the edge of the penalty box.

RHS improves to 7-2 and next plays Waynesville at home Tuesday.

high class escort

Thursday Game Reports

Class 1 Quarterfinal: Springfield Catholic vs St Dominics (O'Fallon) Update – I got my answer to the question of whether anyone was playing today.

Springfield Catholic – 2
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0
The Lady Irish traveled to Lebanon to take on the Class 2 District 11 Finalists from last year. Missouri State signee Tara Bailes (pictured in last years Class 1 Quarterfinal loss to St Dominics) got both goals, the first coming in the 10th minute on a nice combination with Anna DeLong. The second came from the penalty spot, also in the first half. The Irish started five freshman tonight, including Rachel Scott in goal. Shots, according to the Yellowjackets, were 5-3 for the Irish but GK Scott was not seriously challenged. A fun game to watch according to Coach Gow, with boths teams moving the ball and offering a nice example of what the ladies will be capable of this year.

Waynesville TigersWaynesville Tigers – 7
Neosho Wildcats – 1
Coach Josh Scott took his senior laden team to Neosho tonight and the Tigers turned on the firepower early. Katie Pritchard had a hat-trick, Erica Combs scored a pair and Lauren Kelly and Shauna Shanna Neely also scored. Tasha Lord had a pair of assists and Lynette Newcomb had 1. The Wildcats goal came from the penalty spot, in the 65th minute.

Photo provided by Dave Neely from his Flickr collection. And I apologize for misspelling Shanna’s name Dave, I should know better by now. Early season rust!

I’m aware of some games that are canceled due to saturated fields:
West Plains at Nixa
Ozark vs Harrison

Is the Catholic game at Lebanon still on? private escorts dubai

Josh Scott To Become Waynesville Tigers Athletic Director

Waynesville Tigers at Parkview Vikings The Waynesville Daily Guide provides the details – The Waynesville Board of Education hired from within to fill its upcoming void at the activities/athletic director’s position, naming Josh Scott to assume that post starting in the 2008-09 school year. With his hiring as athletic director Scott will resign his teaching and coaching duties. Morrison will head up the process of replacing Scott’s coaching positions, getting input from Scott himself.

Congratulations to Coach Scott. If the Waynesville girls needed any more incentive to reach the same levels that the football and basketball teams have reached this year, they just got it. We’re losing an up-and-comer on the soccer pitch and the Tigers get an ambitious, talented AD. They will also be losing long time assistant Nelson Morgan who indicated to me that this will be his final season on the sideline as well.

I am happy to tell you that Josh’s final game as a Coach will be on the sideline at the All-Star game in June. He accepted our invitation in December to handle one of the Boy’s teams, along with Phil Hodge who will handle the other team. escorts agency dubai