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The Eagles suffered two defeats at Kickapoo on Friday. The varsity lost 4-3 in the second overtime. Kickapoo came out strong with a majority of the possession early and were rewarded with an early goal about 10 minutes into the match. A few minutes later Kickapoo was awarded a penalty kick which goalie Mason Young read and pushed wide. That save seemed to energize the Eagles and change the momentum. With about 20 minutes gone KhaiUyen Huynh scored a ball in the box which Kickapoo was unable to clear. A few minutes later Huynh received a ball in the Chief’s box and was taken down. Kaleb Romero converted the penalty kick and the Eagles had the lead on Kickapoo for the first time in 11 years. The lead would be stretched to 2 early in the second half when Weston Hanger’s cross found Tanner Pesek right in front of the goal who beat the keeper. The Eagles couldn’t hold the lead though with Kickapoo getting goals goals 60th and 68th minutes to tie the game. The Eagles looked like they would take the lead again but Tanner Pesek’s goal was called back on an offsides call with under 5 minutes to go. A few minutes later Kaleb Romero was red carded for a slide tackle. That is the first straight red card in Nixa Eagle soccer history. The Eagles had to play a man down the rest of the game and did as well as can be expected. Kickapoo would get the winning golden goal 3 minutes into the second overtime period. It was a great effort by the Eagles but giving up a 2 goal lead is something that will drive the team to get better. The game was the best result against Kickapoo we have had but the players understand that it is not good enough anymore to just being in the game.
The JV also lost a close 2-0 game to the Chiefs. The Chiefs would stifle the Eagles early and take advantage of their possession in the Eagles end with two first half goals. The Eagles increased their intensity in the second half and had a few chances to score but were unable to do so. The defense stood strong against the Chiefs but their ball possession and movement off the ball need to improve.
The teams play Joplin on Tuesday for their 2009 home opener. The fans were great at Kickapoo and we hope the fan support will be there again on Tuesday.