The Joplin Globe
Five games into the 2012 campaign, the Joplin soccer team still hasn’t allowed a goal as they blanked the Neosho Wildcats 5-0 in nonconference soccer action.
The game remained close in the first half as the Eagles carried a 1-0 lead after Edgar Romero scored two minutes before the half. For the first 65 minutes the Eagles threatened, but struggled to put the ball in the net — banging three shots off the crossbar and goal posts.
That all changed in the second half as the Eagles scored four quick goals. Luis Santillian, Ryan Estes, Joe Rice and Domi Salcedo had a goal apiece in the second half, scoring in minutes 65, 66, 73 and 78.
“We had a lot of opportunities,” Eagles coach Ed Miller said. “I thought Neosho did a great job. Neosho came out ready to play.”
Miller said his Eagles picked up the pace in the second half.
“In the second half, I thought we came out with a little better pace,” he said. “We finally got a couple of shots to go in and carried through with the momentum. When we did finally score in the second half it did seem like the floodgates opened.”
Brock Renken turned in three saves for the Eagles.
The Wildcats took four shots on goal. Wildcats keeper Paul Sanders recorded 11 saves.
College Heights 5, Pittsburg 4
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Dalton Zarrabi took a cross from Josiah Braeckel and punched it in the back of the net with three seconds left to lift College Heights past Pittsburg in varsity soccer action.
It was Zarrabi’s only goal of the game, and Braeckel’s second assist. Braeckel, who set up the winning play with a breakaway down the sideline, also scored on a penalty kick 23 minutes into the contest to make it 2-0.
The Cougars held leads of 2-0, and 4-2 before letting the Purple Dragons back in it each time.
“We let them creep back into the game two different times,” Cougars coach Daniel Lewis said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but when you come away with a win you’re always happy about that.”
The Cougars fired 14 shots and keeper Caleb Stratton saved seven shots.
The Purple Dragons blasted 11 shots. Their keeper, Gershom Avalos, had eight saves.
Joplin 18, Hillcrest 8
The Eagles, who halted the game with an eight-run sixth inning, finished with 18 safeties in the Ozark Conference contest at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Joplin coach Shally Lundien said Jessica Greninger’s double drove in the first run in the sixth and her two-run single finished an uprising that included seven two-out singles in a row.
Joplin (6-8 overall, 3-1 in the Ozark) received three hits from Kelsey Gould, Kenzie Goswick, Courtney Shryock and Kristen Tyler. Goswick drove in four runs and Shryock three. Gould, Tyler and Chantel Heistand each scored three runs.
Freshmab right-hander Mikaela Cox, working in relief, notched the pitching decision for Joplin,
Kelsie Cleeton doubled and homered for Hillcrest.
Lundien said Greninger is the probable starting pitcher at 4:30 p.m. today as the Eagles entertain McDonald County in a nonconference game at the JAC.
McDonald Co. 5, Carl Junction 1
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — McDonald County scored two runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat Carl Junction in a nonconference game.
Courtni Smith drove in a run with a triple in the fifth inning and Ashton Harman followed with an RBI single. Harman had two RBIs for the Mustangs.
McDonald County pitcher Kali Hodson allowed four hits, struck out two and walked four.
Bentonville nips Carl Junction
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The Tigers, an Arkansas Class 7A power, nudged the Bulldogs 25-22, 25-20, 25-21.
Bentonville (8-2) received 13 kills and six blocks from Sabrina Shepherd and 36 assists from Haley Seyforth.
Leaders for Carl Junction (6-3-2) included Katie Wiele (12 digs), Bradyn Wall (18 assists) and MacKenzie Irwin (seven kills).
Carl Junction visits McDonald County on Thursday for a 5 p.m. tripleheader.
Thomas Jefferson 7, Neosho 2
Thomas Jefferson turned in three 8-1 victories in singles and went on to defeat Neosho in nonconference varsity tennis action at TJHS.
The Cavaliers scored those three wins by Ophelia Chen, Thisbe Schofield-Johnson and Evadna Rodriguez. Lia Weu won her match 8-2.
The closest match of the day went to the Cavaliers as Heather Smith edged Hannah Morrison 9-8, 7-2 in the tiebreaker.
Neosho’s victories both came by forfeit at the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.
Ozark 8, Webb City 1
OZARK, Mo. — Ozark slipped past Webb City in a Central Ozark Conference tennis match.
Webb City’s victory was in No. 1 singles, where Maranda Miller defeated Kayla Major of Ozark, 8-4.