From staff reports
Waynesville scored early and late in the second half and defeated Joplin 2-0 in Ozark Conference girls soccer action on a cold Tuesday night at Junge Field.
The Eagles (7-10, 2-3 Ozark) and Tigers (11-3, 3-2) were scoreless at the intermission, and Joplin had the wind at its back for the second half.
But Elizabeth Sisson’s goal off a pass from Emily Anderson gave Waynesville the lead 12 minutes into the second half. It stayed 1-0 until Alexis Willingham scored an unassisted goal with just under eight minutes left.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Eagles coach Ed Miller said. “We came out with a really good effort the first half, tied 0-0 against a team that has beaten some good teams this year. When we came out 0-0 after going against the wind, I thought we’d do pretty good the second half.
“But we didn’t come out with the same intensity. I think our biggest problem was we couldn’t connect passes. They were a little too far in front, a little to far behind. We didn’t keep possession the second half and take some of the pressure off. They were connecting on passes, working it around the field and we were chasing them. It wears you down, and obviously the weather conditions weren’t the greatest either for either team. The ball was harder, and it left little marks on the leg when it hit you.”
Waynesville owned a 19-7 advantage in shots. Eagle goalie Megan Rowe made 12 saves, and Waynesville’s Lesley Larson stopped four shots.
Joplin has another conference outing Thursday at Rolla. The junior varsity match begins at 5 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow.
Carthage 3, Webb City 0
WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Tigers received goals from Leigh Ann Craig, Ana Luna and Carmen Garcia in beating the first-year Cardinals.
Craig’s goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 halftime lead.
Emily Edmonson was in goal for Carthage.
Carthage beat the Cardinals 4-1 last Saturday in the seventh-place match of the Branson Tournament.
Webb City, 3-11, will entertain Springfield Catholic at 5 p.m. on Thursday.