The Lady Eagles travelled to Neosho on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Cats. The fist half was played to a 0-0 draw. In the second half, the Lady Eagles dominated possession and kept the ball in the attacking third with numerous scoring chances.
The first goal came in the 53rd minute from the Lady Cats however, as a ball was played to Melanie White (#10) just past the half line and behind the Lady Eagles defense. The play appeared to be offside as Hannah Barber raced back with her hand up to signal the referee’s assistant. No call was made and White was able to out-run the defense and beat the goalie, Kristen Miller for the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles quickly tied the match in the 58th minute. Jacklyn Finley played the ball to Kelsey Haist above the 18 box. Haist beat the defender and attacked the goalie perfectly from the left forcing the goalie to the middle. A well placed, low ball slotted to the left of the goalie tied the score 1-1.
Most of the rest of regulation was played in the Lady Eagles attacking third and it seemed they would surely prevail. It was not to be however as many shots missed their mark and good crosses bounced through the 18 box. One exception was a long ball played by the Lady Cats. A 50-50 ball was created with Nixa’s goalie, Kristen Miller coming out high to challenge. Miller won the contest and the match ended 1-1 at the end of regulation.
Two, ten minute overtimes once again saw play dominated by the Lady Eagles. But the net remained empty, forcing the first PKs for either team in a regular season game. A rule change this year created this new format, and it generated plenty of excitement for both teams. Coach Palmer selected Stephanie Allen, Jacklyn Finley, Kelsey Haist, Hannah Barber, and Jo Pavlowsky to take the PKs for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, the Lady Cats gained the victory on the last PK by sophomore, Jackie Field (#3).