A three-game set at the Laker Invitational ended in a loss for the Lady Tigers soccer team, but that was after two explosive performances earlier in the weekend.
CAMDENTON, Mo. – A three-game set at the Laker Invitational ended in a loss for the Lady Tigers soccer team, but that was after two explosive performances earlier in the weekend.
Friday's contest with Branson was heavily one-sided as Waynesville outshot its opponent 25-0, including 24 shots on goal.
Of those shots, the Lady Tigers netted 10 total goals en route to a 10-0 shutout victory over Branson. Five players scored in the contest including junior Megan Morgan (3), sophomores Camia Blash (3) and Emily Anderson (2), and Kaley Caracci (Jr.) and Rhiannon Moore (Sr.), who each added a score.
In the following matchup, a Saturday afternoon feud with Warrensburg, the Lady Tigers blanked their opponent again, this time 4-0.
Waynesville again outshot Warrensburg by a count of 16-6, 11-4 on goal.
Blash and Moore added two goals each to power the second straight shutout win.
Lady Tigers goalkeeper Lesley Larson (Sr.) saved each of Warrensburg's four shots on goal to earn a shot at the Laker Invitational championship against Jacksonville (Ill.).
The weekend finale, for all the marbles, was an impressive offensive showing for each team in a contest that stretched into a bout of penalty kicks.
Waynesville and Jacksonville combined for 41 total shots. In the end it was Jacksonville that made two of its 18 shots on goal to the Lady Tigers lone goal (15 shots on goal), a 2-1 loss by penalty kicks.
The first half of Saturday's contest was scoreless, largely in part to effective keeper play by Larson, who stopped five Jacksonville attempts from leaking into the net.
Then, in the latter period, Waynesville struck first eight minutes in on a Blash goal, which pushed the Lady Tigers ahead 1-0.
Jacksonville was quick to respond with the game-tying goal just seven minutes later.
Both teams continued battling back and forth, up and down the field until the buzzer rang out, forcing an overtime period.
Larson stuffed two Jacksonville shot attempts in overtime to keep the game knotted at 1-all as time wound off the clock, prompting the usage of a penalty kick period.
After Waynesville whiffed on the first penalty kick attempt, eight attempts later, Erin White (Jr.) came through with a go-ahead score.
Unfortunately Jacksonville scored on its final attempt to put the game away, earning a 2-1 victory.
Larson allowed seven total goals on 11 shots, including penalty kicks.
Waynesville finished second in the tournament, a confidence booster for a now- 14-4 team.
The Lady Tigers are slated for a Tuesday away match with West Plains. The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.