The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team, formerly All-Midwest, for 2014 spring campaign includes eleven players from Missouri. Of the eleven, three come from the Ozark Conference – Nicole Howard of the Rolla Bulldogs, Kindra Lierz of the Glendale Falcons and Whitney Snow of the Camdenton Lakers. Continue reading “Howard, Lierz and Snow Named to NSCAA All-Region Squad”
UPDATED – Congratulations to Kasey Opfer and her TSC Hurricane teammates who won 1-0 today over Sporting Blue Valley to claim the North American League title (think Europa Cup) for U16 ECNL Girls. An updated photo of the squad with their trophy can be found below.
For Nicole Ortega and Kindra Lierz, a strong run through the playoffs ended with a 1-3 loss today to the Albertson Fury.
A trio of players from Springfield have reached the Finals of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) National Tournament. Kasey Opfer, with her U16 Tulsa SC Hurricane side, advance with a 3-0 record in group play, giving up a single goal. For Kindra Lierz and Nicole Ortega, the SLSG Elite squad was 3-0 while also being stingy, giving up a single goal to reach their U17 Final.
There are 73 clubs that compete in the ECNL and the playoffs were split into three levels. The Champions League featured the Top 32 teams as determined by points earned within Conference play during the year. The next 32 teams advanced to compete in the North American League championship and both Tulsa SC Hurrican and SLSG Missouri Elite advanced from that group. Playoffs in June in Colorado whittled it down to the final 8. They are now down to the Final two and will play Monday morning for the North American League title. Continue reading “Opfer, Lierz & Ortega Reach ECNL Finals”
St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri is vying to earn the ECNL North American League Championship in the U16 and U17 age group this week in Richmond, VA. Games begin Thursday with group play continuing through Sunday. Monday the champions will be crowned.
Kindra Lierz (Glendale, 3rd from right back row) and Nicole Ortega (Catholic, far left) are members of the U17 squad that began competition today.
There are 73 clubs that compete in the ECNL and the playoffs were split into three levels. The Champions League featured the Top 32 teams as determined by points earned within Conference play during the year. The next 32 teams advanced to compete in the North American League championship and both SLSG Missouri teams have advanced from that group. Playoffs in June in Colorado whittled it down to the final 8. Their games this week will determine a Champion as well as contributing to the Final Club Ranking that incorporates an individual clubs overall performance across all age groups. Continue reading “Lierz and Ortega at ECNL Nationals”
A quick look around the Conference. The Glendale Falcons are the defending Conference Champions, finishing 9-0 last year as they were led by Alix Opfer and Molly Brewer, who are now regulars at Division 1 Missouri State. The Waynesville Tigers finished 2nd at 7-2 followed by Camdenton and Lebanon at 6-3.
The Falcons finished 4th in the State last year after winning District 11, defeating Central in the Sectionals and Rock Bridge in the Quarterfinals. They fell to eventual champion Cor Jesu 0-1 in the semifinal and 1-3 to St Joseph in the 3rd place match.
The Falcon’s have 7 seniors with forward Driana Raff the returning high scorer with 9 goals in 2012. She also dished out 8 assists, also the top returning number. I would expect sophomore Olivia Wolfram to challenge for minutes up top although Kenzie Robbins, who led the JV with 11, may be a better fit with Raff in a 4-4-2. Junior Kindra Lierz, who played in the ECNL League for SLSG this Winter, returns in goal for the third year.
The Falcons open the season at Ozark on Tuesday March 19th, game time is 5:00 pm.
Waynesville Tigers Class 3 District 10 Champions, 2012
The Tigers return 6 seniors, including defender Jordan Kilthau, the POY in the Southwest Region last year. Defensive Player of the Year Kaitlyn Winking joins her but the Tigers will need to replace their All-Region goalie. Senior Leslie Larson will step into the role. Senior Rhiannon Moore, an All-Ozark performer in the midfield, has signed to play D2 soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan.
I can’t find any individual stats on the Tigers otherwise excellent website but knowing Head Coach Mike Gow the way I do he’s spent plenty of time reminding the girls that this is the best team Waynesville has had since 2008 when Katie Pritchard and Tasha Lord took them their second straight Conference title while setting State scoring and assist records. That team couldn’t get past Glendale in the playoffs however, despite earning their first ever win against the Falcons earlier in the year. This group got to Sectionals last year and the core of this team set a JV record for wins as freshman. Do you think they will be motivated to reach new heights?
Rolla Bulldogs Class 2 District 10
Via Rolla Daily News – Last season was the first losing campaign in the history of the Rolla High School girls’ soccer program. And veteran Lady Bulldog head coach Mike Howard expects his squad to return to its winning ways this spring.
Rolla is slated to open the season on Friday at Columbia against Rock Bridge High School, which has made it to the state tournament quarterfinals the past five years. The varsity game is to begin at 4 p.m.
Starting a large group of freshmen and sophomores, Rolla struggled to a 8-13-2 mark last season. The key graduation losses from that squad were senior midfielder Kendra Wood, now a member of the Missouri S&T women’s soccer team, and back Taylor Tronstad.
However, with all that youth playing a year ago the Lady Bulldogs now return nine starters, including their top scorer. Read more
Camdenton Lady Lakers Class 3 District 10
Via Lake News Online – Despite a slow 2-4 start, The Lady Lakers finished their 2012 season with a 17-8-1 overall record after a nine-game winning streak and claiming two regular season tournament championships, but fell just short of a repeat district championship. The team lost a number of seniors, with the two most notable being goalkeeper Cassie Hale and defender Allison Halderman. Despite their losses, the team brings back their top seven goal scorers, including the incredibly tough duo of Whitney Snow and Miriam Taylor, who were named the All-District co-offensive players of the year. Factor in Morgan Henry, who’s top-notch vision and passing enabled her to finish the season with 18 assists and 11 goals, and the offense looks stacked. Read more
The Lady Lakers open their season Friday at Fatima, a Class 1 program in Central Missouri.
Lebanon Yellowjackets open at Marshfield next Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
The Kickapoo Chiefs open their season Friday at 5:00 pm at Republic, a Class 2 program. They host Central on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Central are the defending District 12 Champions, which now is made up of Joplin, Kickapoo and Parkview. This is an early District match up added to the schedule with the District realignment.
Parkview Vikings open at Ozark on Friday at 6:30 pm
West Plains Zizzers are at the season opening Harrison (AR) ReMax Tourney where they’ll play a pair of games.
Joplin Eagles won’t open until March 26th when they travel to Carthage.
Hillcrest Hornets open at Neosho on March 20th at 6:00 pm.
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The All-Conference team for the Ozark Conference squad has been announced. The Conference includes Camdenton, Glendale, Hillcrest, Joplin, Kickapoo, Lebanon, Parkview, Rolla, Waynesville and West Plains. Voting is done by the Coaches. Recognition for Conference, Regional and State awards is done by members of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA). The Glendale Falcons repeat as the Conference Champions and it is their third title in three years, coinciding with their 3 trips to the Final 4 for this graduating class. More information on the Conference can be found on ZizzerSoccer.com where Coach Schmitt maintains Conference Records.
Player of the Year – Molly Brewer, Glendale
Coach of the Year – Jeff Rogers, Glendale
Brittany Baker, Senior, Defender, Kickapoo
Carsyn Beard, Senior, Defender, Lebanon
Molly Brewer, Senior, Forward, Glendale
Kelsie Cleeton, Freshman, Midfielder, Hillcrest
Amy Greene, Junior, Defender, Parkview
Nicole Howard, Sophomore, Forward, Rolla
Jourdan Kilthau, Junior, Defender, Waynesville
Kindra Lierz, Sophomore, Keeper, Glendale
Miriam Melugin, Sophomore, Midfielder, Kickapoo
Rhiannon Moore,Junior, Midfielder, Waynesville
Alix Opfer, Senior, Midfielder, Glendale
Kasey Shea Opfer, Freshman, Defender, Glendale
Whitney Snow, Sophomore, Midfielder, Camdenton
Kellie Stringer, Senior, Midfielder, Joplin
Miriam Taylor, Junior, Forward, Camdenton
Taylor Tronstad, Senior, Back, Rolla
Tasha Ugbah, Senior, Forward, West Plains
Kaitlyn Winking, Junior, Defender, Waynesville
Abigale Zimmerman, Senior, Forward, Lebanon
Anna Banwart, Sophomore, Forward, Joplin
Rebecca Burton, Sophomore, Defender, Glendale
Emma Chilton, Sophomore, Midfielder, Parkview
Loriann Clark, Junior, Midfielder, Waynesville
Natalie Closser, Freshman, Defender, Kickapoo
Bailey Dent, Junior, Forward, Rolla
Kenzie Dunaway, Sophomore, Midfielder, Kickapoo
Cassie Hale, Senior, Keeper, Camdenton
Haley Harrison, Freshman, Forward, Hillcrest
Morgan Henry, Sophomore, Midfielder, Camdenton
Suzanne Hones, Junior, Back, West Plains
Meagan Morgan, Sophomore, Forward, Waynesville
Drianna Raff, Junior, Forward, Glendale
Elizabeth Sisson, Sophomore, Midfielder, Waynesville
Sarah Kate Sprouse, Junior, Defender, Glendale
Emilee Starnes, Junior, Midfielder, Lebanon
Desiree Strief, Senior, Defender, Lebanon
Kendra Wood, Senior, Midfielder, Rolla
Allison Yoakam, Junior, Midfielder, Glendale
London Clift, Freshman, Midfield, Rolla
Emily Courtney, Junior, Midfielder, Parkview
Natalie Craun, Freshman, Back, Rolla
Morgan Davis, Senior, Midielder/Defender, Joplin
Abby Greene, Sophomore, Defender, Glendale
Allison Halderman, Senior, Defender, Camdenton
Jada Hansmann, Sophomore, Keeper, West Plains
Brittni Morgan, Junior, Keeper, Lebanon
McKenzie Robbins, Freshman, Midfielder, Glendale
Grace Scheidemantle, Sophomore, Midfielder, Camdenton
Alexandria Timmons, Freshman, Defender, Waynesville
Courtney Wampler, Junior, Midfielder, Glendale
Casey Weitzel, Senior, Forward, Kickapoo
Kelsey Williams, Sophomore, Midfielder, Hillcrest
Tori Wood, Junior, Forward, Lebanon
School and OC Record
West Plains 2-7