By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer
The Joplin Eagles girls soccer team fell 3-0 to Glendale on a cold Tuesday night at Junge Field.
However, Joplin coach Ed Miller said Glendale is a team his young Eagles squad can learn from.
“We’re a young team, an inexperienced team,” Miller said. “We’re trying to teach them to watch what they’re doing. They’re a good program. Learn what they’re doing, and try to apply it to our game and what we’re trying to accomplish over here.”
Glendale’s Kasey Opfer scored two goals in the first half, and Courtney Wampler scored on an assist from Annie Powell in the 64th minute.
“Glendale is a very good quality team,” Miller said. “We knew they were going to be tough. The elements didn’t help either team, but we had to get the game in tonight. Our first half, we knew what they would come at us within their formations. In the second half, they did a really good of adjusting off our formations. I thought our girls played really well in the first half.”
The Falcons kept the ball on their side of the field for the majority of the second half. Glendale had 23 shots on goal compared to Joplin’s three for the game.
Joplin goalkeeper Megan Rowe recorded 18 saves.
“She’s a club player,” Miller said. “All year long, she’s been rock solid back there for us. Again tonight, she kept keeping those shots out of the goal.”
Joplin fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Ozark Conference.
Weather conditions have forced the Eagles to spend a lot of practices inside, making it difficult to learn a new formation.
“It’s hard to figure out when you’re doing 5-on-5 in a gym instead of playing 11-on-11 outside,” Miller said. “I think with the more games we get, we’ll get better as the season goes on.”
The Eagles will play three games this weekend at the Ozark Tournament, facing Republic on Friday and Lebanon and Monett on Saturday.