Camdenton coach J.D. Hunter called it a "showcase" tournament. Technically, it's the 2012 Lady Laker Soccer Invitational. Either way, there will be plenty of high school girls' soccer at the lake this weekend. Ten visiting schools will join Camdenton and Osage in the new-look, 12-team, 3-pool event Friday through Saturday.
Camdenton coach J.D. Hunter called it a "showcase" tournament. Technically, it's the 2012 Lady Laker Soccer Invitational.
Either way, there will be plenty of high school girls' soccer at the lake this weekend.
Ten visiting schools will join Camdenton and Osage in the new-look, 12-team, 3-pool event Friday through Saturday.
Games will take place at the grass field on the CHS sports complex and the turf field next to the high school. In a new addition this season, Osage will be a co-host and have games Saturday at Athletic Stadium.
"We'll have three separate fields with games going on. All are in great shape," Hunter said. "You can just get your pick of any soccer team you want to see."
Camdenton's pool includes Crocker, Jacksonville (Ill.) and Boonville. Lebanon, Fatima and Mexico are in Osage's pool. Each team will get three games, all in pool play.
Hunter expects college coaches to be in attendance.
The invitational is up from 10 to 12 teams this year and Hunter wants it to keep growing. He said next year, ideally, four more schools will be added to form two eight-team tournaments.
Hunter and Lady Indians coach Brandon Randall passed on putting Camdenton and Osage in the same pool.
"We both deemed it to be something that did not need to happen due to the size of the schools and what we we were both trying to get out of the tournament," Hunter said. "We just thought if we could co-host it and not play each other, it would make more sense since he wants to play his games on his field and I wanna play mine on my field."
Camdenton and Osage enter with double-digit win totals.
Camdenton was 10-4-1 overall entering Thursday night's home game against Lebanon. The Lady Lakers were undefeated in their last nine games.
"We felt that we were playing a little bit better before the streak started and now we're just kind of in a rhythm," Hunter said. "One thing that's been constant has been our work ethic. All of it just has to do with getting a lucky bounce here or there, and things kind of go your way."
Osage is 13-4 overall after a 1-1 week that included a blowout home win over Laquey. Senior Summer Dean had six goals as Osage won 10-0. The Lady Indians lost 4-2 to Warrensburg at home on Monday.
2012 Lady Laker Invitational
Osage vs. Mexico, 3 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Union vs. Warrensburg, 4 p.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Lebanon vs. Fatima, 4:45 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Boonville vs. Jacksonville, 5:45 p.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Waynesville vs. Heritage, 6:30 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Crocker vs. Camdenton, 8 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Mexico vs. Lebanon, 9:30 a.m. (Osage field)
Fatima vs. Osage, 11:15 a.m. (Osage field)
Fatima vs. Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (Osage field)
Osage vs. Lebanon, 4:15 p.m. (Osage field)
Warrensburg vs. Heritage, 9:30 a.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Waynesville vs. Union, 11:15 a.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Heritage vs. Union, 2:30 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Waynesville vs. Warrensburg, 4:15 p.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Boonville vs. Crocker, 9:30 a.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Jacksonville vs. Camdenton, 11:15 a.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Crocker vs. Jacksonville, 2:30 p.m. (Camdenton turf field)
Camdenton vs. Boonville, 4:15 p.m. (Camdenton grass field)
Looking over the stats for the Lady Lakers soccer team, one area jumps out: Camdenton is getting a lot of production from its underclassmen.
Entering last night's home game, junior forward Miriam Taylor had a team-high 15 goals. Her next one gives her the new program record for career goals (61).
Sophomore Whitney Snow is next with nine goals, followed by sophomore Morgan Henry (5) and junior Megan Weber (4). Henry also has a team-high nine assists, three ahead of Taylor.
Hunter said it's a combination of talent and playing alongside a tested six-player senior class.
"We know we lost a really talented senior class last year, and this year's senior class is talented as well. But we knew we had some incoming freshmen that would compete right off the bat," he said. "And we knew we had sophomores coming back that would compete. And of course, you have Megan Weber and Miriam Taylor as juniors. We knew what they were capable of...We're excited to see what our younger players can do, but none of this would be happening without the leadership of our seniors."
She didn't know it at the time and neither did her head coach, but Cassie Dorman had a historic goal in Camdenton's 1-0 win at Rolla on April 19.
It marked the 1,000th goal in the history of the CHS girls' soccer team, which started in 1998. The first varsity goal was scored on April 2, 1998 by Rachael Ingold (Neal), now the wife of CHS boys' soccer coach Jason Ingold.