The Tigers' defense holds up, but the offense put forth too little too late in the championship game

WAYNESVILLE — In a closely contended match, the Jefferson City Jays were able to hold on to win against the Waynesville Lady Tigers to take home the Class 3 District 10 championship on Tuesday in Waynesville. The loss gives Waynesville a final record of 8-17 and a second place finish in District 10. Junior Eden Hoogveld scored both goals for the Jays, one with 11:14 left in the first half and the other with 23:57 left in the game. It just so happened that Waynesville coach Mike Gow said that's the girl he told his defense to keep an eye on. "We talked about keeping goal-side and ball-side of her," Gow said. "We can't let her get it for free." Waynesville's defense has been a terror this year, keeping teams to three or less goals 19 times this season including six shutouts. On Tuesday though, the Jays got off 13 shots and nine of them were on goal. Hoogveld said the key to finding the holes in the Tigers' defense is to work with teammates to sniff them out. "I've got some very good players with me," Hoogveld said. "I couldn't have made the goals without the assists." Sophomore goalkeeper D'Anna Hasik made a diving save, one of seven, to her right with 19:02 left in the match to make sure her Tigers still had a shot at coming back in the championship game. But it wasn't until 43 seconds left in the game that senior Jessica Schellhase blasted a kick from about 40 yards out, the ball just clearing Jefferson City's goalkeeper, to make it 2-1. Even though being she was so close to a district championship that she could taste it, Waynesville senior and defender Erin White was all smiles after the game. "I am very proud of my girls," White said. "I wouldn't change it for anything." For coach Gow, it was still tough to watch his seniors — Megan Morgan, Liz Sisson, Schellhase and White — walk away with the second place plaque knowing they were just as deserving to be the ones holding up the championship plaque. “It's always difficult to watch the seniors walk away,” he said. “They gave the team everything they had tonight and we just came up a bit short.”