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Kelsey Haist, Nixa Eagles (2011)/Missouri Southern Lions

Class 3 District 11 Girls Soccer Honors

1st Team
Player School Position Year School Position Year
Molly Brewer Glendale Falcons M 2012
Emily Cline Glendale Falcons F 2011
Kindra Lierz Glendale Falcons GK 2014
Alix Opfer Glendale Falcons D 2012
Ashlan Fiester Glendale Falcons D 2011
Marin Gelsheimer Kickapoo Chiefs M 2011
Kaylee Stephens Kickapoo Chiefs D 2011
Katie Lynn Kickapoo Chiefs F 2011
Lauren Moats Nixa Eagles M 2012
Kristin Miller Nixa Eagles GK 2011
Brittany Kirkpatrick Nixa Eagles D 2013
Kelsey Haist Nixa Eagles M 2011
Jayme Braun Ozark Tigers M 2011
Keysha Burns Ozark Tigers D 2012
Morgan Davidson Ozark Tigers F 2013
Second Team
Kami Giese Branson Pirates D 2011
Amanda Hinkle Branson Pirates D 2013
Allison Yoakam Glendale Falcons D 2013
Drianna Raff Glendale Falcons M 2013
Sarah Kate Sprouse Glendale Falcons D 2013
McKenna Adams Kickapoo Chiefs F 2011
Miriam Melugin Kickapoo Chiefs M 2014
Brittany Baker Kickapoo Chiefs M 2012
McKenzie Danzer Kickapoo Chiefs GK 2012
Rachel Murphy Nixa Eagles F 2012
Shelby Zielke Nixa Eagles D 2011
Kelsey Bartell Nixa Eagles F 2011
Jackie Wacha Ozark Tigers F 2011
Mollie Killion Ozark Tigers M 2011
Honorable Mention
Dannie Weaver Glendale Falcons D 2012
Kate Bess Kickapoo Chiefs D 2011
Rachel McIntyre Kickapoo Chiefs D 2011
Courtney Frerichs Nixa Eagles M 2011
Abby Turnbull Nixa Eagles D 2012
Mikaela Branson Ozark Tigers GK 2012

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Miriam Melugin (KHS 2014) & Emma Chilton (PHS 2014)

Thursday Sunshine and Games!

The regular season comes to an end two weeks from today. District seeding may occur as early as next week.

Greenwood Blue Jays – 0
Logan-Rogersville Wildcats – 2
A goal by Haley Weeks in the 3rd minute and one by Colette Mast, also in the first half, were enough to get the Wildcats past the Blue Jays tonight. Photos available here

Carthage Tigers – 4
Central Bulldogs – 2
Carthage goals by Jamileth Henriquez (2) Tristen Bass (1 goal, 1 assist), Miraya Lopez

Marshfield Wildcats – 6
Republic Tigers – 2
Marshfield goals were scored by Alex Cantrell, who had a hat trick, Kylea Ryser with a brace (that’s 2) and Danielle Coffman.

Neosho Wildcats – 0
Glendale Falcons – 10

The Bulldogs sit atop the Conference with an unblemished record (6-0). Still remaining after tonights game are Camdenton on May 2nd and Glendale on May 3rd. Can they hold on?

Lebanon vs Camdenton is also a District 10 game. Camdenton dreams of District glory this year, and therefor must get past Lebanon if they hope to finally beat Rolla. As the Lake News noted last week – This year’s CHS senior class is winless all-time against Rolla, which has ended the Lady Lakers’ postseason run in districts each of the past two seasons.

Miriam Melugin (KHS 2014) & Emma Chilton (PHS 2014)
Miriam Melugin (KHS 2014) & Emma Chilton (PHS 2014)
Parkview Vikings – 1 (2nd OT)
Kickapoo Chiefs – 0
Kelsey Loderhose buried a free kick from 30 yards (video) for the game winner in the 95th minute Thursday night. The game was scoreless through regulation and while the Chief’s had the better opportunities, including a ball off the underside of the crossbar and a breakaway by Katie Lynn that was cleared inside the six yard box by Holly Messick, they were unable to get the decisive goal.

The Vikings matched the Chiefs intensity tonight, aided and abetted by a recent change that has moved freshman Emma Chilton into the middle. Emma offers the Vikings more bite in the middle, a necessary ingredient in the Ozark Conference. The Vikings backline, led by McKenzie Payton, once again features Anna Withers, Messick and Amy Green and this experienced group will be key come Districts where a single goal can determine the outcome.

The Chiefs, who welcomed the return of McKenna Adams and Kate Bess from injuries, will look at how a foul 30 yards out impacted the outcome. Much like the Glendale match a month ago. Strong games against Ozark and Camdenton next week will be important to earning a #2 seed in preparation for Districts. Oh, and that rematch with the Falcon’s on May 11th.

Rolla Bulldogs – 5
Joplin Eagles – 0

Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0
Camdenton Lakers – 3
Camdenton goals by freshmen Morgan Henry and Whitney Snow and game winner by Danielle Brooks (junior). Camdenton improves to 11-4 and 5-1 in Conference play
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Kickapoo Chiefs Opening Season In Kansas City

Kickapoo Chiefs, preseason practiceReady to shake off the cold and rain of preseason, the Kickapoo Chiefs head to Kansas City this weekend to play a pair of games that have become their season openers. Blue Springs South is the opponent this evening, followed by Park Hill South on Saturday. The Ozark Tigers are also making the trek and playing games against PHS tonight and BSS tomorrow.

The Chiefs open the season with more unknowns then I can recall in my five plus seasons of covering the team. Coming off of their District Final loss to Glendale last year, Kickapoo finished 13-14 while winning 6 of their last 9, including their upset of the Ozark Tigers in the semifinal following an 0-3 loss to the hosts earlier in May. Regardless of turnover, there has always been a go-to player, most recently Amanda Dominguez (3rd Team State) and others like Chelsea Russell, Rachel Lavoy and Afton Weimer. While lacking in name recognition, the team does not lack in talent and returns a core of six starters and an experienced goalkeeper.

As a coach you want a strong midfield, a reliable goalkeeper and someone who can put the ball into the net. Kickapoo Coach Phil Hodge will address those needs with senior, and Southwest Baptist signee Megan Melugin partnered with juniors Marin Gelsheimer and Katie Lynn in the middle, sophomore McKenzie Danzer in goal and junior McKenna Adams up top. Except for Danzer, who began 2009 as starter due to injuries, all are returning starters. Add in defensive starters sr. Hilary Carr and jr. Kate Bess, along with sr Lauryn Young, and the Chiefs have the core they need.

I felt that the Chiefs strong finished correlated with the development of their defense last year, when Carr became comfortable with her leadership responsibilities in back following a year off from soccer. By tightening the defense, it enabled the Chief’s to win games that were lost when their offense couldn’t match the other teams. The same requirements will be in place this season as the team looks to integrate five new starters who probably won’t be identified until mid-April and the Kickapoo Shootout.

The games this weekend are good tests for the team, against Blue Springs who finished 3-13-1 last season, falling in the first round of District play to St Teresa’s Academy. . The Park Hill South Panthers finished 19-4 last season, falling to District Champion Liberty Jay’s 6-1 in the final.

Next week they have 3 games, including facing two of the top three teams in the region when they face off against Glendale on Wednesday and Catholic on Friday. This team will be challenged early this season but they have already shown an ability to grow. I’m looking forward to following that progression.

By the way, the game Wednesday against Glendale will include a Fundraiser for Kickapoo basketball Coach Stephanie Phillips. More information can be found on the Kickapoo Chiefs website.
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SGFsoccer.com Names First All-Ozarks Freshman Squad

A common theme the past two seasons has been the increasing quality of the players who are advancing to the high school ranks. I wrote about it May 1st when I interviewed Natalie Smid and Rachel Scott of Springfield Catholic. I still remember the job that Ozark’s freshman did last year when the Tigers Opened Irish Eyes. Those sophomore players are now being clearly recognized as difference makers.

So I thought I’d tread some new ground and offer my personal take on a group of players that made a significant impact this year as freshman. I asked the coaches for their nominations, narrowed the list based upon my experience, and went back to the coaches a second time. My goal was to create a select list, a team that could come out and compete with some of the best in the region right now. I think we accomplished that with this group, the first of what I hope to make a regular effort. So here’s my All-Ozarks Freshman team.


Springfield Catholic vs Kickapoo ChiefsShelby Hatz, Springfield Catholic
Recognized as a 1st Team Regional player, Shelby wasted no time going forward and creating offensive opportunities for the Irish this year. Blessed with speed and attitude, she gave the Irish a a true 1-2 punch paired with Anna Delong up top. She delivered, scoring 19 goals (1st) and 51 (2nd) points with 13 (2nd) assists for the Irish. Shelby could develop into a top college prospect.

Glendale Falcons vs Kickapoo ChiefsMcKenna Adams, Kickapoo Chiefs
Didn’t show up on the varsity roster immediately for the Chiefs, but wasted no time in making an impact, scoring within minutes of coming on in the 2nd half against Rogers (AR) on March 29th. Her stats aren’t gaudy (6 goals and 4 assists this season) but defenses always knew when she had come in. McKenna earned Honorable Mention Ozark Conference and 2nd Team District recognition.

Bolivar Liberators vs Willard TigersJonna Welch, Bolivar Liberators
The photo tells the story of Jonna. The best forwards don’t have an off button and enter another zone when they reach the 18 yard box, much like Jonna. Jonna paired with Lindsy Archer up top and helped the Liberators reach the District final this year. She has the best shot in this group and was the leading scorer for the Liberators with 19 goals. Jonna is a 1st Team Central Region player.


Glendale Falcons vs Incarnate Word Red Knights, QuarterfinalEmily Cline, Glendale Falcons
1st team, All-Ozark Conference, the only freshman to earn that distinction and one of the best athletes in the region. Emily has speed, leaping ability and was the leading scorer on the top Class 2 program in the region. 22 goals, 10 assists for 54 points, it’s her willingness to cover the flank defensively as well that makes her the most valuable player in this group.

Springfield Catholic beat Glendale Falcons in PK'sNatalie Smid, Springfield Catholic
Every team needs a playmaker, a two-way player with the technical skills and vision to bring the best out in their teammates. Natalie distinguished herself in that regard this year, exceeded in Class 1 only by her teammate Tara Bailes. It’s the most important position on the field and it will be her job next year. Natalie earned 1st Team Central Region recognition.

Parkview Vikings host Greenwood Blue JaysKelsey Loderhose, Parkview Vikings
One of several players on this list that was called on to deliver from a variety of positions this year, her most valuable contribution to the Vikings this year was when she moved into the middle. Kelsey’s work rate and tackling skills solidified the defense. Her attacking skills are top notch as well. Ozark Conference and District Honorable Mention honors.

Coach Mike Howard, Rolla Bulldogs, Wins 500th GameEllen Spooner, Rolla Bulldogs
One of two players described by their Coach as being needed on the field, which translated to playing every position but goalkeeper as the season progressed. Ellen’s ability to contribute across all of these roles is the foundation of a good midfielder and the reason she made this team at that position. Scored 8 goals while contributing 5 assists, she was 4th on the team in total points.


Kickapoo Chiefs vs Camdenton LakersKate Bess, Kickapoo Chiefs
Like her teammate McKenna, Kate was not on the early season rosters at Chiefs games but she was on the pitch. The best defenders are almost invisible in the sense that you may not notice them until they screw up. Kate was solid, reliable and when the Chiefs needed some players to step up in a season filled with injuries, she was there the entire season.

Springfield Catholic vs Bolivar Liberators Andrea Parker, Springfield Catholic
This is a player I neglected to recognize all season but will be a name to be reckoned with for the next three years. Playing primarily as a stopper in front of Anne Prenger, her skills and work rate gave the Irish another midfielder effectively. Look for her to step into Prenger’s position as sweeper next year, and continue the Irish dominance in the region. 2nd Team District honors.

Kickapoo Chiefs vs Camdenton LakersKali Kuse, Camdenton Lakers
A number of teams established new levels of achievement this season, and those improvements always start with defense. The Laker’s saw their goals allowed this year drop significantly, and it started with their sweeper. As important as Kali’s technical skills was her calmness under pressure, a quiet confidence that reflected onto her back line mates and helped Camdenton reach a new level of wins.

Glendale Falcons vs Ozark TigersJayme Braun, Ozark Tigers
The second player on this list who was called upon to play every position but goalie for her team. Working primarily as an outside midfielder and outside defender, Jayme left it all on the field. Equally comfortable in the attack or going in for a hard tackle, she helped establish a new attitude for the Tigers that will enhance their pursuit of the first ever Central Ozark Conference title next season. 2nd Team District honors.


Springfield Catholic beat Glendale Falcons in PK'sRachel Scott, Springfield Catholic
What can you say about the goal keeper that helped lead the Irish to their first ever “Springfield City Championship”? With wins over Kickapoo and Glendale, she established herself as one of the top keepers in the region, regardless of class. MVP GK, Central Region honors, she finished 16-5-2 with 12 shutouts.

    Honorable Mention

Alex Cantrell, Marshfield Blue Jays, Forward
Alex is likely to set scoring records for the Blue Jays as her career progresses. 1st Team District honors.

Kelsey Haist, Nixa Eagles, Midfield
Asked to move to central midfield for the first time in her career, Kelsey earned 1st Team District honors for her work. She scored 7 goals, had 1 assist and was the second leading scorer after Stephanie Allen. Update – Honorable Mention Southwest Region!

Carsen Baron, Springfield Catholic, Midfield
A player who played every position except forward, she could develop into one of the best holding midfielders. Great long range shooting ability. 2nd Team District honors, Carsen had 6 assists and 5 goals this year.

McKenzie Payton, Parkview Vikings, Defender
One of only four freshman on the Ozark Conference list, McKenzie earned 2nd Team honors and is a relentless outside defender. 2nd Team Ozark Conference and Honorable Mention District honors.

Kristin Miller, Nixa Eagles, Goalkeeper
Helped keep the Eagles close in every game this year, will be part of an Eagles team that will need her after losing their top 2 career scoring leaders (Yach 2007, Allen 2008). elite escort agency