The Show Me State Games attract a wide array of people from across the state to compete in the games, making it that much harder to win an event. But that did not stop the 10 and under soccer team from Camdenton from taking home the gold in their event.


The Show Me State Games attract a wide array of people from across the state to compete in the games, making it that much harder to win an event. But that did not stop the 10 and under soccer team from Camdenton from taking home the gold in their event.
The team, comprised of 15 players, was made up of two eight year olds, four nine year olds,  and eight ten year old boys and a ten year old girl. The team played a three eight-on-eight games in the Show Me State Games before meeting Waynesville in the championship game. But before they could go to the championship, they had to hold a tiebreaker, due to the point differential, tying the team with Kirksville, the first team they played.
For the tiebreaker, the two teams face off in a PK shootout, in which whoever makes the most goals, wins.
"Our first four shooters all scored," Coach J.D. Hunter said. "We finished the shootout, 4-1, and moved on to the final match."
Waynesville started strong, scoring their first goal in just under two minutes into the game.
But the Camdenton team wasn't about to give up that easily, coming back to score and challenging the Waynesville team at every turn. At the end of the game, Camdenton's boys (and girl) won, 5-2.
"We came a long way from our first game," Coach Hunter said. "In the beginning, we didn't understand the formations and had some trouble, but by the end, we were making quick adjustments and playing well."
It was also a unique experience for Coach Hunter.
"I got the chance to coach my own kids," Hunter said. "It was something I always wanted to do."
The team went 3-0-1 on the weekend and outscored their opponents 15-4.
"This was a great group of young athletes who listened well and believed in what we were doing," Hunter said. "I had as much fun coaching this group as I have had coaching any group."
Walking away with a gold medal is a good ending, and one these kids won't soon forget.