The Nixa Lady Eagles went to Kickapoo High School on Monday night to take on the Lady Chiefs. In many ways, it was a contrast between two local soccer programs. The Lady Chiefs have a rich tradition, and clearly have a pride in their program. It is evidenced by the lush pitch on which they play, wonderful practice field to train on, bannered benches for the players and coaches, corporate sponsorships, and club team trained players who must compete hard for varsity playing time.
Nixa, on the other hand, has played the last two years at a community rec. center, has no practice facility, and has few club players in its’ community. The Lady Eagles also have a young squad while the Lady Chiefs are loaded with upper class players.
Kickapoo used all of its advantages against Nixa Monday night, although the Lady Eagles opened strong and teased the crowd with their early play. The Lady Eagles defense was very well-organized for the first 25 minutes of play. Offside traps kept the Lady Chiefs’ forwards hesitant and weak-side defenders and outside midfielders marked players well. In the 25th minute, a shot along the endline by Kickapoo across the mouth of the goal bounced out of the outstretched finger tips of Kristen Miller. The ball landed in front the net and tapped in by #20, Junior Abby Anderson.
The first goal seemed to break the Lady Eagles focus and defensive organization. #11, Senior Chealsey Russell scored just 2 minutes later on a breakaway behind the Nixa defense. Again, just 2 minutes later, Russell scored. The fist half ended with Kickapoo leading 3-0.
The Lady Chiefs dominated play in the second half. #6 Senior Katie McLain scored off a corner kick in the 47th minute. Chealsey Russell earned a hat-trick in the 56th minute when she took a keeper punt behind the Lady Eagle defense and put it in the net. The final score came in the 79th minute by #18, Freshman McKenna Adams.