The Southwest Baptist Lady Bearcats opened their Spring season in late March, as part of the Parkway College Showcase tournament. Facing off against the GLVC Champion Quincy Hawks, the Bearcats came out focused on continuing the strong improvements shown in the second half of 2012. The Bearcats gave up a 1st half goal on a set piece, with the final shot deflecting beyond the reach of starting goalkeeper Paige Hemphill (Ozark/MO Elite), a member of the 2010 Southwest All-Stars. They went on to control the majority of the play in the second half en route to a 1-1 tie.
SBU’s goal was scored by Molly Marcotte (Republic/MO Elite). A corner kick seeking Ashley Creason (Lees Summit), the Bearcats playmaker, found her on the far edge of the six yard box. Her header fell to teammate Taylor Schmidt (Liberty) who’s shot was parried by Chapie. Two more shots, by Karla and Kate Jamison respectively were also rejected but as Karla Jamison fell into the box, Marcotte hammered the loose ball into the roof of the net (pictured).
The Bearcats have a home game Saturday. At 2pm they host Missouri S&T. They travel to Springfield on April 27th to play at Missouri State and later against Butler CC, times to be determined.
As Head Coach Robert Podeyn noted “We played well this past weekend against Mid America Nazarene and Missouri Valley. We won 4-0 and 7-1. The one goal was scored with no time remaining and we were up 7-0. Spring has gone pretty well for us and I think we’ll do well in the Fall.”
One thing I’ve learned in 10 years of Spring games is not to put too much weight on the results. Too many variable as teams are more focused on development and experimenting with players in different positions. Regardless, they’ve got a strong junior class led by Creason with her two Southwest Missouri teammates. With a pair of teammates (Nicole Billmeyer and Brittany Marino) from the #1 St Dominic team coming in this Fall, there’s a good recruiting class as well.
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