After two shutout losses, the Lady Tigers' offense picks up, but the defense leaves holes for Fighting Irish offense

SPRINGFIELD — After being shutout in the previous two matches, it was a sight for Waynesville soccer coach Mike Gow's sore eyes to see his Lady Tigers (8-17) punch in four goals against the fourth-ranked team in Class 1, Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish (13-8).

The only problem was, his defense gave up six goals in the 6-4 loss on Wednesday in Springfield.

“Well, we found the back of the net tonight,” Gow said. “Now I have to find a way to get our back-line together to prevent the other team from putting in six.”

The Fighting Irish started out furiously firing on goal, shooting on goal four times in the first nine minutes of the game, scoring one in the sixth minute.

Then it was Waynesville's turn, as they kept the pressure on Springfield Catholics' goalkeeper by taking six shots in 10 minutes, the last one a goal by junior Haley Reckard with 19:05 remaining in the half.

Then, about four minutes later, junior Camia Blash put the Lady Tigers up 2-1 with her goal.

It wasn't long before the Fighting Irish tied it back up at two, but then senior Jessica Schellhase's goal with 5:10 remaining in the first edged Waynesville up to 3-2.

Not even two minutes later though, Springfield Catholic tied it back up at 3.

After that, the Irish began padding their lead with goals in the fourth minute and the sixth minute to make it 5-3.

Waynesville would get one more goal from Reckard with about 30 minutes left in the game, but that would be the final Tiger goal in the game.

Springfield Catholic added one more goal with 6:10 remaining to put the final score at 6-4.

The Irish outshot the Tigers 16-12 (11-9 on goal) and had five corners to Waynesville's two.

Waynesville's junior varsity won their game 3-1.

The Lady Tigers next game will be against Camdenton, the tenth-ranked team in the state in Class 3, on Saturday in Waynesville at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 soccer tournament.