WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Coming off a harsh loss to Ozark Conference rival Rolla, the Waynesville Lady Tigers competed well in the weekend's West Plains Tournament on Saturday. After defeating Liberty Mountain View, Seckman and Hannibal in consecutive games, Waynesville finished with the tournament championship.
Back and forth each team went as the Lady Tigers battled Liberty Mountain View on Friday, but the match's elasticity wore out half way through the first period.
After Waynesville's midfielder Rhiannon Moore (Sr.) bounced in the team's first goal just nine minutes into the contest, the opponent rallied with a score of its own ten minutes later to tie the game at 1-all.
But, after minutes of physical play passed, Waynesville's Megan Morgan (Jr.) scored a go-ahead goal at the 26:31 mark in the first half to giver her team a 2-1 lead at halftime.
After the break the Lady Tigers got into an offensive groove.
Morgan scored again to open the second stanza just moments after time began, this time sparking an offensive explosion. It took a mere five minutes for Waynesville teammate Kaley Caracci (Jr.) and Morgan to add two goals to push the score to 5-1.
Liberty Mountain View pushed its second goal into the net later in the second half, but Waynesville was quick to respond as Morgan scored her fourth goal of the contest and Caracci added her second goal to push the score to 7-2, an eventual victory.
Waynesville outshot Liberty Mountain View 21-6, including 15-5 shots on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper D'Anna Hasik participated in her first varsity contest, stopping three-of-four opponents' attempts.
It took an overtime period to decide the semifinals contest between Seckman and Waynesville in Saturday's early contest.
Down for much of the contest, the Lady Tigers' Camia Blash (So.) scored a game-tying goal, assisted by Moore, with just a minute left in regulation.
The score forced an overtime period, in which Blash scored again, this time on a Caracci assist, to stun the Seckman team and earn a tournament championship berth.
For all the marbles Waynesville faced a challenging Hannibal squad for the tournament title game Saturday evening.
Another powerful offensive showing for the Lady Tigers downed the opposing Hannibal squad 4-1, but the defense, especially goalkeeper Lesley Larson (Sr.), kept Waynesville ahead for the entire contest.
Hannibal outshot Waynesville 17-11, including 7-6 shots on goal, six of which were stuffed by Larson.
After Hannibal held possession for nearly five minutes to open the game, Waynesville gained control and Blash smoked a go-ahead goal by the opposing keeper to take a 1-0 advantage.
Page 2 of 2 - Caracci then capped Waynesville's ensuing ten minutes of possession with another score, assisted by Kimberly Pryor (Sr.) to extend the lead to two.
Blash added two additional scores, again assisted by Caracci, to give her Lady Tigers a 4-0 lead to cruise to an eventual 4-1 victory, which secured the tournament championship.
Waynesville is scheduled to play Joplin today at 4:30 p.m.