(corrected soccer score) CHS SPOTLIGHT (Tuesday, April 28, 2017): Booters notch first win over Maryville since 2010, ending 12-matches losing plunge vs. Lady Spoofhounds. Baseball Hornets win 7-2, while tennis boys fall 7-2 and golfers drop first home match
(11:35 a.m., April 19, update: soccer match score corrected)
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Despite playing their second road match in as many days on the heels of three matches in less than 30 hours last Friday and Saturday, the Chillicothe High School soccer Lady Hornets dug deep Tuesday to register their best victory thus far in an already-pleasin’ season.
Facing Maryville, a program which had rung up 12 triumphs – eight by shutout – in a row over CHS, dating back to the start of the 2011 season, the Lady Hornets booters battled the Lady Spoofhounds to a 1-1 draw through regulation time and overtime before outscoring MHS 3-2 in a penalty-kicks shootout for a 2-1 conquest.
“We played a wonderful game against a very strong opponent,” Lance Harvey, Chillicothe head coach, reflects on the Lady Hornets’ second win ever against Maryville.
Despite the absence of three would-be starters with health issues, the 7-2 Lady Hornets parlayed Harlie Jones’ second goal of the season off an Addie Ficken assist (her second of 2017) about eight minutes into the match into a 1-1 tie at halftime, Harvey reports.
After a scoreless second half and sudden-death overtime segment, the match went to a 5-attempts penalty-kicks “shootout.”
“They really put some pressure on our defense (in the second half), but we were always in the right position to clear it out,” praised Harvey. Sophomore goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer “made two huge saves on hard shots, diving to her left” to keep it tied.
Going first in each of the five rounds, Chillicothe jumped ahead when Mykel Heese netted the first try and Lady Hornets goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer made a diving stop of Maryville’s initial attempt.
A successful CHS drive by Sydney Baxter was matched by Maryville before both sides’ third booter missed high.
Devin Dowell then gave the Lady Hornets a chance to win in four rounds when she buried her shot, but Maryville stayed alive with its.
When the fifth Chillicothe shooter was thwarted by the MHS goalkeeper, the hosts had a chance to send the match to a second set of five kicks, but that try hit the goalpost to Kieffer’s right and caromed away, leaving CHS as the 3-2 winner of the “shootout” and, officially, 2-1 winner of the match.
“Outstanding game from the defense of Baxter, Kaylee Lewis, Elli Ross, Heese and Bryonna Murphy,” Harvey saluted. “We also got great contributions in the midfield from Gracie Ellis, Devin Dowell, Maddie Graham and Calloway Chapman.”
Chapman is a freshman who was pushed into increased playing time by the injury and illness absences of team veterans Morgan Grable, Maggie Pfaff, and Sarah Graves. Sophomore Graves, last year’s top CHS scorer, is out for the season with a knee injury and Pfaff, also a sophomore and one of the team’s top scorers in 2016, has yet to play this spring, due to a health complication. Grable missed the match with illness, the coach reports.
In addition, current scoring leader Karson Keithley is at less than top speed, due to a lingering leg/knee injury, he notes.
The Chillicothe girls are to host Kirksville Friday at 5 p.m. in only their second home match of the season.
Lent’s homer, three ‘ribbies’ key diamond triumph
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Chillicothe’s baseball Hornets quickly got back on the winning track Tuesday, defeating Harrisonville 7-2 in consolation-semifinal play in the Pony Express Tournament.
Chillicothe captured a first-inning lead with an uneared run, then took the lead for keeps in the third after Harrisonville had knotted things in the bottom of the second.
Tanner Lent homered with the bases empty to snap the 1-1 deadlock, his second home run of the season and in the past three games. Gunnar Leach singled in another run and Austin Murray doubled home a third tally in the third to make it 4-1, Hornets.
After Harrisonville edged within 5-2 in the fifth, Chillicothe effectively put the game away in the sixth on Drew Toedebusch’s double that scored Ty Figg and Lent’s hit to center that scored Toedebusch.
Freshman righthanders Westley Brandsgaard and Jaden Winder did the Hornets’ hurling. Brandsgaard (3-0) limited Harrisonville to one earned run on four hits over the first six innings before Winder finished in the non-save situation.
Chillicothe collected 10 hits. Lent had three plus three runs batted in, while Leach and Figg had two hits apiece for the Hornets (8-3).
Chillicothe will face St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond for the tournament’s consolation crown Thursday at 4:30 p.m., again at the Bartlett Park field.
Golf Hornets play better at home, still lose by 17
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The first chance for Chillicothe’s golf boys to play at home this spring saw them have their second-best team score of the season thus far, but still fall by a wide margin.
Trenton’s No. 1 player Nate Swann fired a 41 on the par-36 Green Hills Golf Course links-style layout and the visiting Bulldogs had the match’s three best scores as THS secured a 177-194 victory over CHS.
Bulldogs No. 3 player Corbyn Guile was right behind Swann with a 42 and No. 2 player Lathan Croy shot a 44, a round which equaled Chillicothe’s best by Hayden Montgomery.
The Hornets did have their top three break 50. In addition to its top man, CHS had a 47 by Trevor Bowling and 48 by Pey-ton Moritz.
Rounding out the hosts’ low-4 scores was the 55 of freshman Clayton Walker, who returned after missing three outings in a row. The 59 of C.J. Williams was not used for team scoring.
Trenton’s fourth scoring golfer was Luke Lewis, who had a 50. Connor Cotton, THS’ No. 5 man, posted a 56.
The golf Hornets will host their annual 18-holes Chillicothe Invitational Tournament tomorrow (Thursday) at GHGC, beginning at 9 a.m. The course will be closed to the public until after the prep action concludes, usually around 3 p.m.
Tennis Hornets fall to Trenton
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The visiting Trenton Bulldogs won the first seven sets to finiah before Chillicothe salvaged a couple of singles sets in tiebreakers Tuesday.
Trenton’s 7-2 triumph saw it sweep the doubles against a shuffled CHS lineup, then sew up the triumph with four wins in singles.
Finally, Chillicothe sophomore Tyler Maasdam claimed a tighter-than-tight No. 4 singles set 9-8 on an 8-6 tiebreaker and – only moments later, according to CHS coach Bob Long – grabbed the No. 5 singles 9-7 (5). Maasdam’s verdict raised his singles record to 5-1 in ’17.
Trenton’s No. 1 doubles pair – Nick Shields/Jacob Davis – bested the Hornets’ newly-paired Max Anderson/Maasdam tandem 8-4. No. 1 singles later went to Shields over Anderson 8-2.
CHS used Jacob Henington and Nick Larson together for the first time in No. 2 doubles and likewise Dalton Rosenbach with Bryce Larson at No. 3. Both duos fell 5-8.
“The teams were changed in an attempt to find a combination of success,” states Long. “All three got off to a shaky beginning” before steadying, although too late to salvage their sets.
In the other three singles sets, Henington lost 5-8 at No. 2, Rosenbach 1-8 at No. 3, and Larson 2-8 at No. 6.
With the defeat, Chillicothe’s record in dual matches dipped to 2-6, heading into Thursday 4 p.m. Midland Empire Conference action at Savannah.