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Paige O’Neill Signs With Missouri S&T Miners

paige-oneill-neosho-wildcats-soccer2Via NeoshoDailyNews.com. As a Miner alum, I personally consider this great news as I expect O’Neill will contribute immediately.

Soccer standout Paige O’Neill inked a letter of intent to continue her career with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

O’Neill said she’s excited to contribute to the Lady Miners’ program, where she’ll see time as a holding-mid under coach Joe McCauley. But while she’s looking forward to continuing her soccer career, the big draw for her was academics. She currently sits second in her class at NHS with a 4.4 GPA, and says she plans to pursue a chemical engineering degree at S&T.

“I’m really exicted to go to S&T, because it’s a really good opportunity for me playing soccer and getting a good education,” O’Neill said. “The academics of the school were what drew me there. That’s what I want to do, so why go anywhere else?”

nwa-lightning-95-girls-soccerMake no mistake, O’Neill is also a standout on the pitch, where she has garnered all-conference and all-district honors in all three years at NHS. She also has been a standout for her club team, the Northwest Arkansas Lightning 95 Girls, under coach Doug Estrada. The team is ranked #1 in Arkansas and has won the State title in their age group every year since 2007 through 2012. The jacket photo is from 2011 when Paige was sidelined during the District Playoffs against Willard..

She’ll again be a vital part of the Lady Wildcats’ team in this, her senior season. Wildcats coach Steve Schnackenberg said O’Neill’s pride in Neosho soccer, and herself, is unmatched.

“She worked endlessly on getting better,” Schnackenberg said. “She spent time alone at the field, often just running or handling a ball or shooting.

“She is a great leader, and is always looking to make the people around her better,” he added. “Her skills are evident to her hard work, and she knows what to look for and how to run the field.”

O’Neill is the daughter of Robbin and Mike O’Neill.

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NCAA D2 Men’s Soccer In the Ozarks

matt-hutchison-drury-panthersThe Drury Panthers are hosting the Drury Invitational with four games for the men this weekend. Coach Ryan Swan’s squad finished last fall with a flurry, knocking off top-seed, regular season champion and nationally fourth-ranked Northern Kentucky 2-1 in Highland Heights to kick off a scintillating run in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships, one that wasn’t halted until the Panthers fell 2-1 in two overtimes to Quincy in the title match in Kansas City.

That allowed the Panthers to finish with a 13-8-0 overall mark after victories in six of their final nine matches, all done with a squad that featured freshmen and sophomores in the majority of starting slots.

Drury_MensSoccer_LogoSaturday Sep 1, 7:30 pm: Drury vs Southern Nazerene
Monday Sep 3, 2:30 pm: Drury vs Southwest Baptist
Games are at Harrison Stadium/The Curry Sports Complex
The Panthers must find a replacement for their three-year starter in goal, graduated senior Stephen Conner, as priority one. Conner left DU as the record-holder in nearly every career and many single-season keeper categories, and now serves as the volunteer keepers coach. Freshman Blake Andrews is likely to get first crack at the job, with senior Andrew Klump and sophomore Logan Ponche also in heavy competition for minutes in goal.

Everywhere else, the Panthers are simply plugging in rotations and minutes for depth purposes, with starters back at nearly every position. That includes the top two goal-scorers from a year ago in junior forward Matt Hutchison (6 goals, 3 assists) and sophomore All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Third Team midfielder Jack Mathis (4 goals, 6 assists). Read more

Saturday Sep 1: SBU vs. Delta State, 5:00 p.m. at Drury
Monday Sept. 3: SBU vs. Drury, 2:30 p.m.
The SBU Bearcats will open the season in Springfield, participating in the Drury Invitational. The Bearcats will fit into an MIAA conference which includes Fort Hays, Lindenwood, Northeastern State, Truman State, Upper Iowa, Harding, and Southern Nazarene, as the Bearcats look to contend for an MIAA Championship this season. The Bearcats were selected to finish 8th in the pre-season MIAA poll, but the players are looking forward for the opportunity to bring SBU Men’s Soccer back to Bolivar. The Bearcat captains are Nathan Fraley (Rolla) and Bradley Stillwagon (Bolivar).

Saturday Sep 1 5:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Lindenwood at Quincy
Sunday Sep 2 5:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Truman State at Quincy
The Missouri S&T Miners are participating in the Quincy Soccer Bowl and will face a pair of MIAA squads in Lindenwood and Truman State. The games have been moved to Flinn Stadium (4400 Maine St.), which has an artificial turf field, due to relentless rains in the Quincy area this weekend.

The Miner’s qualified for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament for the fourth straight year in 2011, finishing at 10-6-2. They have been picked to finish in one of the playoff spots again this fall as the Miners were tabbed for a seventh place finish in the 16-team league by its coaches.

The Miners were 8-5-2 in the highly competitive GLVC, which had the NCAA Division II national champion two years ago and a team that reached the national quarterfinals last fall. Missouri S&T does enter the season with its top four scorers back from last year’s squad, but lost All-America goalkeeper Pat McNamee (Fenton, Mo./Vianney ), who set the school record for career shutouts with 26. Read more

My coverage list includes the Drury Panthers (D2, Great Lakes Valley Conference), Missouri S&T Miners (D2, GLVC) and Southwest Baptist Wildcats (D2, MIAA) I’ve added College Men to the Calendar I maintain, you can find it in the right sidebar.

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Arens And Collier Face Missouri State Thursday

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Taylor Arens (2015) and Caleb Collier (2013), Missouri S&T Miners
On the way to St Louis today (I’m officially a former resident of Springfield) I stopped by my alma mater in Rolla to catch the early evening practice for the Miner’s. The squad, led by GLVC Coach of the Year Joe Ahearn, visits Springfield on Thursday evening for an exhibition match against the Missouri State Bears. Game time is 6:30 pm at Plaster Stadium.

The team includes a pair of Springfield players, freshman Taylor Arens (Catholic/Springfield SC) and junior Caleb Collier (Kickapoo/Springfield SC), pictured after practice today.

The Miner’s are coming off a season that included a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s regular season championship, followed by a run to the title game of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, losing to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky.

The Miners were picked to finish third in the 16-team conference race in the league’s coaches poll released Wednesday, just after landing a No. 13 national ranking in the pre-season for Division II by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America – the same spot S&T finished in the final national poll a year ago.iranian escort

Jon Keister Resigns At Missouri S&T

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Jon Keister, Missouri S&T Miners
Jon Kiester, who has served as the head coach for the Missouri S&T women’s soccer program since 2005, is stepping down from the post to join the staff at the University of Hawai’i as an assistant coach for the women’s team.

Kiester became the head coach at Missouri S&T prior to the 2005 season – the Lady Miners’ first as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference – after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon and Baylor University. He is returning to the state where he played collegiately and earned his Bachelor’s degree, as he graduated from Hawai’i Pacific University in 1994.

“Jon has done a great job with the program,” said S&T director of athletics Mark Mullin. “We are sorry to see him leave but we wish him well in his new position. We have seen the program improve during his tenure.
“He is leaving the program in a solid state and I look forward to finding the right individual to successfully lead the S&T women’s soccer program in the future,” Mullin added.

Kiester inherited a team that had won only three games in 2004, but the team made improvement during his tenure and was in contention for a playoff spot in the final weekend of each of the last two seasons in the competitive GLVC. In addition to his work at Missouri S&T, Keister also worked with the Missouri ODP program, most recently acting as an assistant for the Missouri 1993 girls team that reached the national finals. Prior to that he was head coach for a team that also reached the finals.

I always enjoyed the opportunities I had to talk soccer with Jon. As a former Hawaii resident myself, I know the lure to return, if for no other reason than to be a bit warmer on the sideline than the photo above from a Drury game last year. Good luck Coach!lebanese escort dubai

Missouri S&T Miners Preseason Prospectus

Miners Logo headThe Rolla Daily News visited with Missouri State’s opponent tonight, the Missouri S&T Miners, who compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference against the Drury Panthers.

After a one-year hiatus, Missouri S&T’s men’s soccer team made it back into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament last season. The Miners found a way into the tournament by getting a win or tie in eight of their 12 conference games – winning three of the games by a goal – but fell 1-0 in the opening round to eventual national semifinalist Northern Kentucky when the Norse scored late in the contest.

The Miner’s feature 3 area boys, all of whom played for Springfield SC. Zack Hay (Kickapoo 2008) earned a starting role last year as a freshman at outside back. He’s joined this year by Mason Morawitz (Columbia Hickman) and Caleb Collier (Kickapoo) who were part of the two-time State Champions SSC squad. Caleb’s older brother Adam Peterson is a member of the Drury Panthers, that should be a good game.

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