Lady Tigers' controversial go-ahead goal gives them the 2-1 edge over the Lakers

WAYNESVILLE — Fans, coaches and players alike will be talking about the Waynesville Lady Tigers girls soccer team's 2-1 win over Camdenton in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 tournament for a long time. With 25:31 left in the first half and the game tied at 1-1, Waynesville senior Jessica Schellhase took a shot from about 20 yards away from the goal and her shot was deflected by the Lady Lakers' goalkeeper. However, the ball bounced either on top of or just behind the line, depending on the witness. Camdenton's keeper grabbed the ball and looked at the nearest referee, but after he didn't make the call immediately, she passed the ball out. Several seconds passed and Waynesville fans began to scream that the shot had went in. The referee in the middle pointed at the side judge, who nodded his head and called the shot a goal to give the Lady Tigers a 2-1 lead. Camdenton's coach, J.D. Hunter, immediately began to refute the call and could be heard describing it as a "travesty." A couple of minutes of arguing earned the coach a yellow card, one of five that would be handed out on the night. After the game, Hunter explained what had him so fired up. “I can't say if it was a goal or not,” Hunter said. “But in district competition you expect quality officials and he just wasn't in position to make that call. But we had our chances to score and we didn't finish. One call never makes you win or makes you lose. I don't pin [our loss] on him at all.” Waynesville coach Mike Gow said he couldn't say, with 100 percent accuracy, whether the shot went in either. “We've got it on film so we'll look,” Gow said. “But I'm fairly certain it did. It looked, from where I was at, that it went in. I'll take it. I'm not going to turn it away that's for sure.” With 11 seconds left in the half Waynesville's goalkeeper, D'Anna Hasik, made a leaping save to preserve the lead. Saturday was Hasik's first night back in goal after being out with injury since May 2. Freshman Ashton Pilz filled in during her absence. “Pilz was ready to go tonight too, but when it came down to it she looked at me and told me D'Anna has to play because it's her spot,” Gow said. “I thought it was really big of Pilz to have a mindset like that as a freshman.” Junior Camia Blash scored the first Lady Tiger goal after one minute and two seconds had ticked off the clock to put Waynesville up 1-0. Camdenton senior Whitney Snow scored the Lady Lakers' only goal of the game on a corner with 27:15 left in the first half. It was announced that Snow's goal gave her 143 points on the season, which is a new state record. The previous record was 142. Snow scored 59 goals (players receive two points per goal) and 25 assists this season. Saturday night was also the final game for Hunter, who will retire at the end of this school year. “It's been an emotional roller coaster all year and I'm just happy that I got to go out with these seniors because they're a quality bunch of girls and they all have bright futures,” Hunter said. “I've known a lot of them since they were nine years old. I hate that it ends this way, but it had to end sooner or later.” With the win, Waynesville will move on to the Class 3 District 10 championship game that is on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Lady Tigers will face fourth-ranked Jefferson City. Waynesville junior Camia Blash said she was glad to get revenge on the Lakers for last years' district tournament. “Last year they knocked us out in districts,” Blash said. “Not to be mean or nothing, but this win feels good.”