From staff reports
Anna Banwart’s hat trick highlighted Joplin’s 8-0 girls soccer victory over West Plains on Thursday night.
The Eagles concluded regular-season play with a 10-13 record, 4-5 in Ozark Conference action. They open district play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kickapoo against the host Chiefs.
The match against West Plains was played mostly on the Eagles’ half of the field. Joplin, according to its statistics, held a 47-1 advantage in shots.
Cailyn Barnett’s goal, assisted by Chelsea Nimmo, put Joplin on the scoreboard in the second minute. It remained 1-0 until Maddie Bollin and Nimmo scored in the final eight minutes to give the Eagles a 3-0 halftime lead. Claire Cox assisted on Nimmo’s goal.
Banwart then scored three times in the first 12 minutes of the second half, and Maggie Miller and Kate Beckham added goals in the last eight minutes. Beckham assisted on Miller’s goal, and Miller set up Beckham’s score.
Carl Junction 4, Ozark 2
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Sydney Solberg’s hat trick ignited the Bulldogs to a regular season-ending victory over Ozark.
Carl Junction (16-5) begins district play against Webb City at 5 p.m. Monday in Carhage.
After a scoreless first half, Solberg scored four minutes into the second half and again eight minutes later to make it 2-0. Anissa Williams assisted on both goals.
Taylor Beck’s unassisted goal made it 3-0 before Solberg scored again off another assist from Williams. Ozark then scored twice in the last 14 minutes.
The Bulldogs had an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal. Carl Junction goalkeeper Kira Wentworth made three saves.
Joplin game suspended
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Joplin led Kickapoo 2-1 after the top of the sixth inning when Thursday night’s Ozark Conference baseball game was suspended by lightning.
The game will be resumed on Friday, May 17.
Joplin opens district play against Neosho at 11 a.m. Saturday in Willard.