Second-half penalty kicks sink Lady Hornets after Reeter scores CHS' first-ever goal in three all-time meetings with KC pitch power
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chillicothe High School’s soccer Lady Hornets made history and a strong bid for a signature win – not just for 2019, but in program history – Tuesday evening (March 26, 2019), but were denied.
An early second-half shot into the left corner of the Kansas City: St. Pius X goal by freshman forward Lucy Reeter put CHS ahead 1-0, but St. Pius X’s Lady Warriors pressured CHS into a pair of mid-second-half fouls inside the CHS penalty area and converted on both ensuing penalty kicks to secure a 2-1 Midland Empire Conference (MEC) triumph, CHS head coach Shannon Grable reported Tuesday night.
Reeter’s third goal of the season and third in the last two matches was a milestone tally for the Lady Hornets booters. It was Chillicothe’s first-ever goal against the traditional western Missouri pitch power, although Tuesday’s match was only the third meeting ever between the two programs.
The 2019 teams’ predecessors met in Chillicothe in the first round of the 2018 Class 2 state tournament last May. The Kansas City Catholic school took that match 3-0.
The other previous clash had been in a district-tournament match in 2014, which SPS took 7-0.
With the advantage provided by Reeter’s drive, Chillicothe’s veteran squad tried to make certain it stayed sound defensively and successfully protected its slim lead for about 10-15 minutes.
Finally, however, the Kansas City team’s sustained pressure led to a Chillicothe miscue inside its own “18,” resulting in a penalty kick. Unfettered from mere yards away, a Lady Warrior blasted a shot past Chillicothe goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer, who had not allowed a goal in the previous 250-plus minutes of action, dating back to the season-opening 3-0 loss to Sedalia.
Several minutes after tying the match, St. Pius X again was on the attack, forcing another Chillicothe error inside the penalty area and resulting in another penalty kick. Once more, the hosts converted the high-percentage scoring chance to move in front, 2-1.
With only about 15 minutes left to try to level the score, Chillicothe (2-2, 0-1 conf.) applied its own offensive pressure, according to Grable, but was not able to convert the chances it created into a second goal.
The next action for the Chillicothe soccer girls is due to be at home next Monday against St. Joseph: Benton. Play will start at 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s match was played at the brand-new St. Pius X High School Athletics Complex about a mile from the school at 3700 NE Davidson Road. The complex also has SPX’s now-home baseball and softball fields and tennis courts. Previously, St. Pius X teams in those sports had played at a variety of schools and public sites around the Kansas City metropolitan area.
A tweet Tuesday by long-time SPX football coach and athletics director Rick Byers also revealed that the school will overhaul its Monsignor Wogan Stadium/Larry Cascone Field football facility with artificial turf. The natural-grass field was heavily damaged by multiple games played during or after rainstorms the past couple of years, including Chillicothe’s visit there last fall.