The Waynesville Lady Tigers offense proved to be ineffective on Tuesday against Joplin

WAYNESVILLE — Waynesville coach Mike Gow has been preaching about getting the soccer ball into a scoring position for weeks now.

So, it's understandable when he gets frustrated after games like Tuesday's, when his Lady Tigers lost to Joplin 3-1.

It wasn't that his girls weren't able to get the ball to Joplin's side of the field, it was more about what they did with the ball when they got it over there.

“I thought we had some several nice build ups, but we have to figure out how to get the ball in the goal,” Gow said. “We worked on some stuff in practice yesterday that would have worked tonight. But we aren't bringing information from practice to the game right now. Once they figure out what we talk about in practice will work in a game they should start producing some goals.”

After battling to a 0-0 to halftime, it looked like the game could swing either way.

Joplin's Anna Banwart broke the silence after about four minutes into the second half from an assist by freshman Brittany Dutton.

Dutton then booted in a goal of her own about 11 minutes later to make it 2-0.

With 20:12 left in the game, it looked like luck could be shifting towards Waynesville's favor when senior Elizabeth Sisson's corner kick from the left side of the field sailed high and curved into the top right of the goal for a score.

Sisson said she had no intentions of trying to put her corner kick into the net.

“I was trying to find Jessica [Schellhase],” Sisson said, smiling. “I always look to find Jess because she's good at putting it in the back of the net.”

The Eagles wouldn't let one lucky goal set them back though.

Dutton answered Sisson's goal with 17:52 left in the game to put Joplin's lead back at two.

Despite the 3-1 loss, there were a couple of things going Waynesville's way Tuesday night.

Freshman Ashton Pilz was filling in for sophomore D'Anna Hasik in goal and she looked rather comfortable, making a few saves. Not too shabby considering coach sprung the fact she was going to start on her right before game time.

“She seems to play with a lot of confidence back there,” Gow said. “She learns quickly and she's a blast to coach.”

Blanking Joplin in the first half wasn't any easy task either. Gow tipped his hat to his midfield and defense for that accomplishment.

“The midfield and defense is keeping us close right now,” he said. “They're making it difficult for the other team to get anything done.”

The junior varsity team defeated Joplin 6-1.

Waynesville will make the trip over to Camdenton on Friday and Saturday for the Laker Invitational.