On a team loaded with upper classmen scorers, it was a freshman defender that won the day as Waynesville defeated Camdenton 2-0 Wednesday night to win the Class 3 District 10 soccer championship at Rolla High School.
Alexandria Timmons, a freshman starter at defensive back all season, positioned herself just inside the back post for a Rhiannon Moore corner kick with 26:11 remaining in the game.
Moore's kick sailed perfectly past the Camdenton goalkeeper and wound up at Timmons's right foot. She alertly shoved it past the line before Camdenton could adjust and the Tigers were up 1-0 at last.
Waynesville had dominated the game from the outset. After losing the district title to Camdenton last year, the Lady Tigers were determined to have a different result in 2012. Forward Megan Morgan set the pace when she blitzed across the center line on Camdenton's opening kick off and stole the ball from the surprised Lady Lakers. Everyone in orange pushed forward immediately and the Lady Tigers spent the next 30 minutes in Camdenton territory. Waynesville had several scoring chances, but Camdenton stiffened and kept the game scoreless at halftime. Camdenton had one good scoring chance on a corner kick with 3:25 remaining. The ball snaked its way through toward dangerous forward Miriam Taylor, but Waynesville goalkeeper Cheyenne Forshey beat her to the ball.
Taylor had been a thorn in Waynesville's side for two seasons with her speed, but the Tigers' defensive game plan shut her down completely. If she wasn't double-teamed, there was always someone falling back to cut off her runs.
Camdenton opened the second half determined to put in a goal. With 35 minutes remaining the Lakers pushed the ball inside the six where there was a mad scramble before Forshey again smothered the ball to protect the net. Six minutes later the Tigers had a good chance. After a strong throw in, Sara Dowling made a nice drop pass to Lorrie Clark. However, her shot sailed wide right.
That set up Timmons's winning score six minutes later. Camdenton pressed hard to tie the game, but Moore put it away after a foul with 5:53 remaining. Taking the direct kick from about 25 yards out, she sent one deep, but not deep enough. The ball bounced in front of the Camdenton goalkeeper. However, Moore had struck it so hard that it bounced once over the keeper's head and into the net for the 2-0 lead.
A large Waynesville crowd cheered on the girls for the remainder of the game. Camdenton did manage one hard blast on goal, but Forshey grabbed it to protect the shutout. Families and fans flooded the midfield area to celebrate with and congratulate the team.
Waynesville began boys' soccer in 1989 and girls' soccer in 1994, but had to wait to now for its first trip to the state tournament. The Lady Tigers will host the State Sectional game Tuesday night. They will carry a 17-9 record and play Columbia-Rockbridge at 6:00 p.m.