The Nixa Lady Eagles travelled to Lebanon on Friday and Saturday. Nixa played in three games and had opportunities to win all of them. Instead, the Lady Eagles were unable to score for the entire tournament and found ways to lose every game. A loser’s mentality is difficult to overcome, once it has set in for a team. The lack of scoring seems to be attributable to this mentality. Attacking runs were frequently not finished and play in the box was not aggressive enough, as the team does not seem to have an expectation of success. Hopefully, Nixa will score a few goals and turn that behavior around.
The first game on Friday was against the Camdenton Lady Lakers. Camdenton opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Stephanie Kirvan (#4) was able to get behind the defense. Nixa goalie, Kristen Miller, came out high to challenge the play but was beaten on the dribble by Kirvan. Kirvan’s shot was deflected but Megan Manzer (#3) was hustling on the play and tapped the ball into the open net.
The second and final Lady Laker goal came later in the first half when a turnover in Nixa’s defending third allowed Kirvan (#4) to rifle a shot from 30 yards, along the right wing near the side line. The shot skipped on the wet turf and fooled Miller. It bounced under her hands and into the net for the final score.
The second game on Friday was played against Belleville, IL. The game winning goal was scored early by Belleville, in the 12th minute, when #18 received a cross in the 6 yard box and was able to finish the play. The second and final goal came from Belleville’s #7 on a Penalty Kick in the 78th minute.
Belleville, IL 2
The final game of the tournament was played Saturday morning against Fulton. This game was a heartbreaker, even for a team that has grown accustomed to losing. The Lady Eagles dominated play and possession. An estimated 75% of the game’s play was in Fulton’s half of the field. Nixa could not find a way to finish a goal however, and Fulton was able to score late on a break-away to gain the 1-0 victory.