A tough Joplin squad was hoping to end the Waynesville Lady Tigers' three-game win streak this week.
JOPLIN – A tough Joplin squad was hoping to end the Waynesville Lady Tigers' three-game win streak this week.
After a solidified defensive effort by both teams, it was Waynesville that emerged victorious Tuesday.
A scoreless first half produced several scoring opportunities for each team. Joplin attempted to smash a shot by Lady Tigers goalkeeper Lesley Larson (Sr.) just six minutes into the contest, and Waynesville attempted six first-half shots of its own, but to no avail.
"[Monday] in practice [athletes] worked on their team shape and put it to use tonight," Waynesville coach Mike Gow said of his squad. "I felt that they controlled the ball and the pace of the game nicely."
With a 0-0 knot at the break, either team was in a position to net a game-winner.
When junior midfielder Elizabeth Sisson snuck close enough to the goal with 11:42 remaining, she rolled a score, assisted by Emily Anderson (So.), underneath Joplin's keeper to give her Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Moments later, after both offenses struggled back and forth, Waynesville's Alexis Willingham (Fr.) netted a second goal – her first of the season – to push the Lady Tigers ahead 2-0.
"It was nice to see Alexis get a goal," Gow said. "It had been something she was wanting to do."
That's al she wrote as the Lady Tigers pushed a current win streak to four games with the 2-0 win over Joplin.
Waynesville outshot its opponent 14-9, including 10 shots on goal to Joplin's six.
Larson continued her dominance in goal with six saves, keeping Joplin off the board and earning another shutout victory for her Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers are now 12-3 on the season and are gearing up for the weekend's Laker Invitational in Camdenton, which begins Friday evening.
Game times are to be assessed.