Lady Eagles take 2nd in Sedalia Tournament

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The Lady Eagles had a very successful weekend up at the Sedalia Tournament.  Friday’s game was a tough loss to Milton, WI 1-0.  The Eagles had the wind the first half but didn’t take advantage of it.  Milton would score midway through the second half on a nice shot from 30 yards out.  The Eagles almost tied the game late but Kelsey Bartell’s goal was called back because of an offsides.  The team had a big scare right before the half but Liz Sutter is fine and feeling better.  The ladies handled themselves very well with everything that went on in that game, I can’t think of a game where there were more distractions.

The first game Saturday was against St. Paul out of Concordia, MO.  The ladies did what they had to do and won 3-0. The wind again was a factor and the field was very fast since the bermuda grass was still dormant.   Kelsey Haist scored the first goal with a beautiful shot into the wind that found the upper corner.  With the wind the second half the Eagles pressure wore down St. Paul with Courtney Frerichs getting the 2nd goal and Kelsey Bartell scoring the 3rd goal.  Rachel Murphy and Jo Pavlowsky got the assists.  Kristin Miller and the defense played well all weekend only giving up 2 goals in the 3 games.

The Lady Eagles finished the weekend with a 3-1 win over the #10th ranked team in Class 1 Bishop LeBlonde out of St. Joseph, MO.  All of Nixa’s scoring was done in the first half against the wind.  The ladies got on the scoreboard early when Rachel Murphy got the ball, after some great combinations, and crossed it to Kelsey Bartell who beat the goalie to the near post.  Murphy would finish two more for a 3-0 halftime lead. The Ladies played one of their better halves all year with a strong wind in their face and playing a quality opponent.  The Eagles controlled the ball in the second half and had many near misses.  Bishop fought hard all game and were rewarded with a goal after a scramble in the box with about 10 minutes to go in the game.

The final standings for our group were…Milton, WI 3-0, Nixa 2-1, Bishop LeBlonde 1-2, and St. Paul 0-3.