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Congratulations to Rachel Duckworth on her enshrinement in the Glendale Athletic Hall of Fame. Rachel also received a MSHSAA Certificate of Sportsmanship.
Glendale Falcons – 2
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0
In a tight game, worthy of a District Final, it was the Falcon’s full-court press that ultimately made the biggest difference. Scoreless at halftime, Glendale finally penetrated the Yellowjackets defense in the 48th minute when sophomore Lindsey Sprouse was able to beat a defender and break down the left hand side into the corner. Turning a second defender, she drove a low hard cross into the six yard box where freshman Emily Cline was charging. The ball caromed off a Lebanon defender and into the net as she attempted to deal with both challenges.
The result seemingly was sealed in the 70th when Sprouse scored on a cracker jack header, the ball drawn to her as if on a string, after junior Jeni Frewin did all of the hard work. Frewin has distinguished herself this season as a forward both comfortable and highly capable of working with her back to the goal, with Lebanon’s Brianna Ragains as the one other example I can think of. She created the second goal when she deftly received the ball and turned her defender as she broke into the box on the left side. The Yellowjackets responded to the initial challenge and forced her wide but Frewin, Sprouse and Cline don’t allow defenses to rest. In this case, it was her second effort that allowed her to get a cross off that Sprouse simply redirected into the net before the keeper or defender could react.
It was not a safe lead. The Yellowjackets have spent the season reaching for the level the felt they deserved and the Falcons knew it. From the resulting restart, and over the final ten minutes, Lebanon created as many opportunities as they had in the previous 70. Senior Rachel Duckworth and the defense responded, first as Duckworth had to range to her right to push a ball wide and minutes later, diving to keep a ball out. Lebanon was not able to get numbers into the box consistently this evening however. Senior goalkeeper Abby Roam played a key role in giving them the opportunity to potentially upset their higher ranked opponent, twice denying Lorin Opfer on set pieces in the box, including a fine reaction save in stoppage time in the first half.
The Yellowjackets finish x-y, reaching their second straight District 11 final. They won’t sneak up on anyone next year and have a midfield that can match any in the region with Glidden, Boyer and LeFors returning. It promises to keep getting better folks!
The Sectional game between Ozark and Glendale will be Tuesday May 20th at Cooper Soccer Complex,
game time is 6:30 pm. See you there! FROM THE GLENDALE SOCCER WEBSITE – The match is scheduled for 6:30pm, but Glendale’s graduation is at 8:00pm. The game will be moved to an earlier time, but it is unlikely that we will have the details arranged before Monday.
- Class 2 District 11
#4 Lebanon Yellowjackets – 3
#1 Waynesville Tigers – 2
The Yellowjackets found the same reservoir of energy tonight that took them to the District Final last year when they upset the Glendale Falcons. It was the Tigers that established the early bragging rights, scoring 20 seconds into the game from Lauren Kelly, a margin they took to the locker rooms at halftime. In the words of Coach Gow, who leaves Lebanon for the Tigers job when this season ends, there was no need to raise his voice or even discuss what needed to be done. Each of the ladies knew what was needed and what they as a team were capable of having been here before. Junior Cassie Wood tied the game in the 48th on assists from Ashley Shockley and Chelsea LaFors but Erica Combs regained the lead for Waynesville in the 53rd.
In the 60th minute, Callie Beard scored her first ever Varsity goal when she banged a ball from the midfield line that in combination with the wind somehow found it’s way under the crossbar, giving Lebanon their second tie. Wood got the ultimate game-winner in the 67th on an assist from Brianna Ragains. Both of her goals were scored on headers this evening.
Katie Pritchard had an opportunity to tie the game in the final minutes but was unable to connect, ending the remarkable run the Waynesville Tigers made this year. Undefeated in the Ozark Conference , a second straight Conference title but it will remain for a future team to earn the first Girls District Soccer title.
#2 Glendale Falcons – 2
#3 Rolla Bulldogs – 1
The Falcon’s rebounded from last year’s disappointment to defeat the defending District Champions this evening on a late goal by Emily Cline. Glendale scored first when Jenni Frewin continued her recent scoring streak, assist to Cline. Rolla’s Jaclyn Standfast tied the game in the first half, unassisted, and thats where the score remained at halftime. The second half was a two-way battle as both teams attacked relentlessly until Cline broke through in the final 10 minutes, assisted by Emilee Williams.
Rolla had a breakaway in the final minute of the game that grazed the upright. Senior Rachel Duckworth apparently got just enough of the ball to deflect it and protect the Falcon’s lead.
The District title game will be Thursday at 6:00 pm at Lebanon. The Yellowjackets return to the final for the second straight year, this time they’ll face the Glendale Falcons.
- Class 2 District 12
Ozark Tigers – 3
Parkview Vikings – 0
The Tigers got a goal in the first half to open a lead they would not relinquish. The Vikings finish their season at 11-10 and look to return as many as 8 starters next year.
Kickapoo Chiefs – 5
Nixa Eagles – 1
Kickapoo opened the scoring via a corner kick in the 8th minute. The ball made it across the entire mouth of the goal before it was tapped in by Erica Freiert on the far side. A shot by Chelsea Russell went off the hands of the goalie before falling to x for an easy tap in and Freiert got a second in the 25th after a cross to the far post.
The second half opened with Nixa giving up an own goal off a corner kick as well. The Eagle’s got one back when their new #2 on the career scoring list, senior Stephanie Allen, scored on a PK. It came after Kelsey Bartell was fouled on a courageous challenge with the keeper. Keeper was called for the red card in the 55th. The final goal was scored by Chelsea Russell scored on a breakaway off a 70 yard punt by the Kickapoo keeper in the 64th minute.
Coach Tom Davidson will take his Ozark Tigers to Joplin on Thursday to face off against the Kickapoo Chiefs for the District 12 title. Game time is 6:00 pm.
Glendale Falcons – 4
Kickapoo Chiefs – 2
The Falcon’s earned their second win of the season over the Chiefs this evening on the strength of a pair of goals in stoppage time at the end of the first half. Both goals were opportunistic, with fortunate bounces in the run of play that were difficult reminders of the challenges the Chiefs have faced this season. The first, the ultimate game-winner, was scored by Falcon’s sophomore Lindsey Sprouse. An attempted clearance was deflected and “Sprousie” picked up the loose ball and went into the box unmarked before burying her shot. Less than a minute later, season assist leader Jeni Frewin found space on the left side and lifted her shot over the on-rushing keeper to the far post for a 2-0 lead.
The Chiefs imposed themselves on the visitors in the second half, only to see senior Rachel Duckworth deny them in the 49th minute when she some how found the length necessary to push the Chief’s shot wide. A minute later freshman McKenna Adams found the crossbar for the second time in the game before setting up senior Katy McLain for a goal in the 51st. Adam’s was a challenge for the Falcon’s all evening and on this occasion as she drew a pair of defenders on her run down the right side, she slid a square ball into the path of McLain’s parallel run down the left. Chiefs within one.
The rivalry always brings the best out in these ladies however and the Falcon’s attacked with renewed energy. Frewin saw her shot in the 57th go off the right upright with goalkeeper Shannon Johnson covering the rebound in the face of a hard challenge. A corner kick in the 64th was somehow sent over the crossbar, Johnson covered another Sprouse breakaway, but in the 68th senior Lorin Opfer buried a corner kick from Emilee Williams to increase the margin yet again.
The Chiefs got a penalty kick goal by senior Chealsey Russell in the 73rd minute after a push in the box. It required two attempts as senior Rachel Duckworth guessed correctly and blocked the initial shot but Russell didn’t miss the rebound opportunity. The final margin came late on yet another corner kick, this time Frewin running onto Emily Cline’s driven ball.
The Chief’s finish the regular season 10-10, losing their last two games but showing a renewed attack with the return of Russell, Blotter and Anderson from injury. Their District 12 opponents should be forewarned. The Falcon’s finish 17-5, 8-1 in the Ozark Conference, and have a group of seniors who remember well both the joy of District victory as sophomores and the disappointment of last years failure in the semifinals. Someone needs to buy some fireworks for the games in Lebanon next week.
On an unrelated note, did you know Askinosie Chocolate is having an Anniversary Party Friday night? Just in time for Mother’s Day 🙂 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: 514 E. Commercial Street
Waynesville Tigers – 3 (2 OT)
Nixa Eagles – 2
Reports indicated the Eagles came out and played really well in taking the top-seeded team in the region to two overtime periods. They scored first, in the first half on a direct kick. Waynesville got a pair in the second half, a PK by Katie Pritchard and Lynette Newcomb from Tasha Lord, take the lead. A penalty kick by Nixa tied the score until Pritchard got the game-winner, assist from Erica Combs.
Parkview Vikings – 2
Willard Tigers -0
Goals by Emmy Dale (assist-Shelbie Stewart) and Jessica Maerz (assist-Emmy Dale). Shutout- Caylin Manary
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 10
Central Bulldogs – 0
Senior Abbey Roam scored her first career goal and Emily Boyer returned from illness and scored as well. The Yellowjackets just got tougher in time for Districts.
Rolla Bulldogs – 3
Union Wildcats – 0
Junior Kim Carter netted the first goal on an assist from sophomore Jaclyn Standfast to take the lead in the 8th minute. The Bulldogs also said goodbye to their two seniors, Kaitlin Bramel and Anne Drallmeier.
Ozark hosts West Plains
Joplin hosts McAuley
Waynesville 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
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 – 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.