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