For the second time in three days the Lady Tigers were set to take on Missouri's No. 8-ranked team in Class 3 girls soccer.
WAYNESVILLE – For the second time in three days the Lady Tigers were set to take on Missouri's No. 8-ranked team in Class 3 girls soccer.
After losing Friday's close matchup with No. 8 Jefferson City, Waynesville took the field against another No. 8 team in Glendale again Monday.
Lady Tigers' coach Mike Gow said his Waynesville squad "gave everything they had."
"Two No. 8 teams in the state, Class 3, back-to-back, and [the Lady Tigers] were in both games," Gow said of his competitive betallion.
Both teams shot three goals each in the first half and utilized a dominant zone scheme along the defensive line to leave goose eggs on the scoreboard – a nil-nil tie.
Waynesville missed three times on golden opportunities in the first half, including a shot on a header after Rhiannon Moore's (Sr.) well-placed corner kick minutes into the contest. Moore nearly scored again from 30 yards out on a free kick, but the ball was flung backward over the crossbar by Glendale's keeper.
"You couldn't ask for better placement from 30 yards away from goal," Gow said of Moore's distant shots. "She's putting it right where it needs to be."
Megan Morgan (Jr.) almost netted another from point blank, but her shot sailed wide of the net to keep the score at 0-0.
At the half, Gow explained the game's importance to his Lady Tigers.
"This is where you want your team to be playing at this level every game," Gow said of his athletes who were up for Monday's challenge.
However, despite the motivation, Glendale rose to the occasion at the 2:34 mark in the second half, just after Waynesville's Camia Blash (So.) nearly scored on a breakaway shot, and the opponent added a goal.
After 40 more minutes of toil and trouble, that Glendale goal was enough to squeak by Waynesville 1-0.
Gow told his student-athletes they couldn't have played a better game against such a quality competitor.
"Kimberly Pryor (Sr.) had one of her best games," the coach said after the game. "Camia was strong going to goal; [Kaley] Caracci (Jr.) gave a good game; Rhiannon had her game like she always has; Kaitlyn [Winking (Sr.)] saved us a couple times in the first half; Lesley [Larson (Sr.)] had one of her best games of the season, making some diving saves."
The teams both finished with eight shots, but Waynesville took six shots on goal to Glendale's five.
The Lady Tigers played Class 1 Springfield-Catholic on Tuesday, another top-10 ranked opponent in Missouri.
"Everyone looks at me and goes, 'Gow, why do you schedule it like this?'," he said after the game. "You don't want [Waynesville] to have a moment where they can just relax and get away with stupid mistakes. Come district time, from that point forward, you can't make mistakes and survive."
The combination of the last three opponents should have the Lady Tigers playing their best ball of the season, which will be needed should the team make a run in the postseason.
The JV gamed ended in a nil-nil draw.