The Camdenton Lady Lakers held on to eek out a 3-2 win over the defending Ozark Conference girls' soccer champions on Tuesday afternoon. Camdenton gave up a late goal to Parkview but played solid defense for the final ten minutes of the match to get the win. Junior midfielder Meagan D'Arcy scored the game-winning goal for the Lady Lakers in the 59th minute of the game.


The Camdenton Lady Lakers held on to eek out a 3-2 win over the defending Ozark Conference girls' soccer champions on Tuesday afternoon.

Camdenton gave up a late goal to Parkview but played solid defense for the final ten minutes of the match to get the win.

Junior midfielder Meagan D'Arcy scored the game-winning goal for the Lady Lakers in the 59th minute of the game.

D'Arcy crashed the far post on an Ashleigh Paschel corner kick from the right side and crammed the ball between two defenders into the Viking net.

"(D'Arcy) doesn't say much. We talk to her about getting on that far post, and that's exactly what she did. That's where we wanted her to be, and she got there. She's just got a knack," Camdenton coach J.D. Hunter said.

The Lady Lakers played without leading scorer Miriam Taylor (11 goals in 12 games).

Taylor sustained strained quadricep and hamstring muscles and sat out based on doctor's recommendations. Camdenton's attacking power suffered without her.

"There were times where we reconsidered that evaluation," Hunter joked. "I was glad that we were able to play just well enough to win. (Parkview is) a scrappy team. They are deceivingly scrappy."

Parkview scored both of its goals on breakaways, matching Camdenton's defenders with a speed vs. speed attack. Hunter blamed the goals on a lack of communication by his midfield and defense.

"We have a system of play that we believe in and it hinges on athletic ability and communication. We're a little bit dinged up and we didn't talk," Hunter said. "We lost some communication and it cost us two goals."

Camdenton looked to be on the attack early when Paschel blasted a shot through the Parkview goalkeeper's hands in the third minute of the first half.

"It was good to get Ashleigh Paschel involved. That first goal set the tone for us, I thought," Hunter said.

The attack bogged down until the second half, when freshman midfielder Whitney Snow fired one home from 30 yards out in the 50th minute. D'Arcy scored nine minutes later. Camdenton had 17 shots on goal to Parkview's 5.

"We need to finish better. The keeper made some great saves but we had some wide open looks that just barely went wide or went right to the goalie, so that's something we've got to work on," Hunter said.

The Lady Lakers go on the road Thursday to play Lebanon. They will then host the Lady Laker Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday.