The Lady Eagles won the Christian County Soccer Tournament this weekend. They were the best in Group B by beating Mt. Home 3-0 on Thursday, Joplin 3-1 on Friday and then tied Lebanon 1-1 on Saturday. There was high drama for the Lady Eagles who had to sit and watch the Lebanon/Joplin game in the afternoon to see what the outcome would be. If Lebanon would beat Joplin 3-0 or better Lebanon would win, if the final was 2-0 the outcome would be decided by who had more corner kicks because all of the other tiebreakers were even. Lebanon needed a shutout as well to get the extra point. If Joplin scores the outcome of that game wouldn’t matter to the final standings because Lebanon wouldn’t get the shutout point. Lebanon came out strong and put a lot of pressure on the Joplin defense which also had to battle the wind. At the end of the first half the Lady Jackets had a 2-0 lead. Five minutes into the second half Lebanon scored to go up 3-0 which is what the Jackets needed to win. Five minutes later Joplin forward Kelsey Sanders scored one of the biggest goals in Nixa soccer history when her shot from 20 yards out found the bottom right corner of the net. Lebanon would go on to win 5-1 but didn’t get the shutout point giving the Nixa Lady Eagles the championship. This is the first time in the history of the program that the Lady Eagles have finished first in a tournament. Hopefully the start of many more championships.
First place might not have happened without the late game heroics of Lady Eagle Katie Bolton. The Lady Eagles couldn’t capitalize on the wind in the first half against Lebanon in the morning game on Saturday leaving the score 0-0 at the half. Ten minutes into the second half Lebanon would get on the board with a nice shot off of a set play. The Lady Eagles never gave up as they had to battle the wind and the Lady Jackets. With 15 minutes to go in the game Katie Bolton, who had only been on the field for 5 minutes, took a pass from Kelsey Haist at the top of the box, touched it to her right and hit a shot just under the bar to tie the game and keep Nixa’s hope of winning alive.
Here are the final standings for the tournament for all three groups. 3 pts. for a win, 1 pt. for a tie, 0 for a loss, 1 pt. for a shutout.
1. Neosho 12 points, 2. Rogersville 8 points, 3. Willard 4 points, 4. Carl Junction 0.
1. Nixa 8 points, 2. Lebanon 7 points, 3. Mt. Home 3 points, and 4. Joplin 0.
1. Eureka 10 points, 2. Wisconsin Rapids 6 points, 3. Ozark 4 points, 4. Harrison 0.