From staff reports
Sophomore Dylan Owens scored two goals late in the first half to lift Willard past Joplin 2-0 on Thursday afternoon in girls prep soccer action at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Owens put the Tigers on the scoreboard with a goal at the 32-minute mark, and she connected again four minutes later.
Joplin (0-2) had six total shots, 10 fewer than Willard. Eagles goalkeeper Megan Rowe made 12 saves, and Willard goalie Ali Perry had two saves.
“Megan did a goojob,” Joplin coach Ed Miller said. “She made a lot of good saves. They had a lot of shots on goal.
“Defensively overall we did a pretty decently job. Owen got loose twice and scored both times.”
The Eagles have another home match Monday against Neosho, starting with the junior varsity match at 4:30 p.m.
Webb City tops Monett for program’s first win
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City, in its first season, topped Monett 3-0 for the first win in program history.
“It was pretty electrifying,” Webb City coach Brad Moser said. “The kids loved it and the crowd was awesome.”
Asia Bemo scored five minutes into the game before Allison Tappana took an assists from Kaylee Reynolds and scored to make it 2-0 in the 18th minute.
Reynolds then scored an unassisted goal in the 40th minute to make it 3-0.
Webb City (1-1) hosts Ozark at home on Tuesday.
Nixa 6, Carl Junction 3
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Nixa scored four consecutive goals to break a 2-2 tie.
Payton Dehart scored five of the Eagles’ six goals and assisted on the other. Paige Townsend scored one goal and had one assist.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead when Callie Degani scored on an assist from Taylor Beck. Dehart responded with two consecutive goals before Carl Junction’s Sydney Soleberg tied the game with a goal at the 20:00 mark.
Nixa scored four straight goals over the next 35 minutes to put the game out of reach. Soleberg scored Carl Junction’s final goal during the 78th minute.
Carl Junction (1-2) travels to face Bentonville, Ark., on Monday.
Joplin goes 1-1 in tourney
CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Joplin High School baseball team split its opening games in the Tiger/Zebra Classic.
The Eagles, sparked by the long ball, outlasted McAlester 10-9 in eight innings before losing 12-4 in five innings to the host Zebras.
Joplin will finish play in the Claremore Pool at 4:30 p.m. today against Grove. Joplin will return on Saturday for a contest at 1 p.m. or 3 against a team from the Pryor Pool.
Said Joplin coach Kirk Harryman: “I thought overall we competed very well. That first game was very exciting — a good win. We had 17 hits in the two games and I believe we’re starting to become more comfortable at the plate.”
Joplin received a grand-slam home run from Colton Johnson to key a six-run third inning in the opener. Brett Graham, leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, hit the first pitch for a homer to end it.
Graham, a senior right-hander, also picked up the mound decision in relief.
Chris Leonardi and Nate Tackkett each had two hits for Joplin.
Johnson and Nate Brummer each had two hits for the Eagles in the second game.
Carl Junction 10, Riverton 0
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and run-ruled the Riverton Rams in five innings.
Tyler Armentrout got the win for the Bulldogs (3-2), allowing just two hits while striking out six in five innings.
Levi Babb and Zach Beyer each had two hits and an RBI for the Bulldogs while Josh Petty drove in two runs.
Carl Junction travels to Carthage for a game today at noon.
Lebanon 5, Webb City 4
LEBANON, Mo. — The Yellowjackets scored twice in the last of the sixth inning to erase a 4-3 deficit in the nonconference game.
Lebanon standouts, according to Webb City coach Chris Taylor, included designated hitter Josh Bennett (three hits, three RBI) and right-handed pitcher Brad Archer (eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings).
The Cardinals received a two-run double from left fielder Austin Carter.
Webb City (1-3 overall) visits Bentonville (Ark.) at 5 p.m. today for a varsity-junior varsity doubleheader.
Joplin 7, Glendale 2
The Eagles, after a second-place finish in their tournament on Wednesday, beat Ozark Conference foe Glendale on the Joplin Athletic Complex courts.
“It was a big win for us tonight,” Joplin coach Sean McWilliams said. “Glendale tied for the conference championship last year. They were without their No. 2 singles player, but our kids played well and stepped up. We have a long road ahead and a lot of work before we get a chance to play them again with a full lineup. But it was a good win.”
Joplin’s No. 1 singles player Jeremy Lynn defeated Glendale’s Micah Klousia 8-2. In other singles games, Joplin’s Luke Frogge beat Luke Hansen 8-2, Joplin’s Edran Ali beat Hayden Fulk 8-6, Glendale’s Spencer Weller edged Brooks Butler 9-8 and Joplin’s Duncan Ford topped Aaron Bates 8-2.
In doubles matches, Glendale’s Klousia and Hansen beat Lynn and Butler 8-5. Joplin’s Frogge and Ali defeated Fulk and Weller 8-0, and Willcoxon and Ford beat Young and Bates 8-2.
Webb City 7, Neosho 2
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Larry Chambers, a freshman, defeated Tucker Bailey 8-2 at No. 1 singles as the Cardinals successfully opened their campaign.
Chambers and senior Tucker Palone posted an 8-2 win against Bailey and Jordan Cox at No. 1 doubles.
Logan Sperry, Quentin Kolb and Nolan Munch also won for Webb City in singles. Sperry and Kolb also won at No. 2 doubles.
Neosho wins came from Pail Sanders in singles and Jace Hendricks and Sanders in doubles.
Carl Junction 6, Nevada 3
The Bulldogs hiked their dual record to 2-0 as Ben Coltharp and Andy Gloshen swept matches on the Missouri Southern courts.
Coltharp, a sophomore, bested Andrew Arneson 8-3 at No. 1 singles and hooked up with Gloshen to beat Arenson-Colton Short 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. Gloshen, a senior, beat Short at No. 2 singles.
Matt Casper, Clayton Sloniker and Brandon Weston also won in singles for the Bulldogs.
Nevada, in singles, received a narrow victory at No. 3 from Andrei Ziabchenko. In doubles, Ziabchenko-Skyler Crews and Skyler Laning-Anthony Do prevailed.