Two penalty kicks help the Jefferson City Jays to a victory over Waynesville soccer

JEFFERSON CITY — It was a valiant effort given by the Waynesville Lady Tigers soccer team on Friday in Jefferson City, but the Tigers could not overcome the seventh-ranked Lady Jays.

Waynesville (8-14, 4-4 in Ozark Conference) lost 3-0 to Jefferson City (17-4-1), two of the goals came on penalty kicks.

It was a tough loss for Waynesville coach Mike Gow, but it hurt him to see the hard work of his goalkeeper, freshman Ashton Pilz, go to waste.

“Coach [Jessica] Grosvenor, our keeper coach, was proud of Pilz's play tonight, as was I," Gow said.

Pilz had held the Jays scoreless until the 26th minute of the first half when the first penalty kick of the game gave Jefferson City the 1-0 lead.

Up to that point, she had saved five shots on goal. There were three other kicks that were either high or wide.

Seven more kicks were aimed at Pilz before the half, but only one was on goal — which she saved.

Meanwhile, Waynesville had two shots, both were on goal though.

In the second half, Jefferson City continued its dizzying attack.

After five minutes passed, the Jays had already shot two balls wide of the goal and were awarded another penalty kick, which was put on target for the second Jefferson City goal.

Waynesville was also given a penalty kick, just before that, but the Tigers didn't capitalize.

With 23 minutes left in the game the Jays got their third goal of the night.

Jefferson City outshot Waynesville 22-4, 10-4 on goal and had seven corners to the Tigers one.

“The Jays gave us all we could handle tonight,” Gow said.

In junior varsity action, Jefferson City also won, 2-0.

The District 10 soccer tournament is going to be held in Waynesville.

On Saturday, first-seeded Jefferson City will take on third-seeded Waynesville at 7:00 p.m.

Second-seeded Camdenton will play fourth-seeded Lebanon at 5:00 p.m.

The championship will be played at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.