The Lady Lakers have entered into the postseason with some fire in their eyes, and they left it all on the field as they defeated a tough Waynesville team on Monday night.
Coach J.D. Hunter and his girls knew it would be a tough match, with Waynesville's defense being so good. Throughout the season, the Lady Tigers have allowed no more than two goals per game to their opponents.
"We were a little nervous," Hunter said. "We beat them 2-1 last time we met in a close match. We responded well in this match, and our defense did a nice job for us. We went in with the bend, don't break mentality, and came away with a win."
After driving to Lebanon for their first game of the Class 3, District 10 tournament, the Lady Lakers jumped to a quick 1-0 lead as Miriam Taylor took a long ball from Whitney Snow and put it in the net just outside of the reach of Waynesville's goalkeeper after just four minutes of play.
Eleven minutes later, the Tigers would strike back, scoring to tie the game at 1-1.
But once again, with sixteen minutes left in the half, the Lady Lakers found a way to score, this time using six consecutive passes to work their way down the field, where Taylor slipped past a defender to angle in a kick across the net.
In the second half, Taylor found the net once again for a third and final goal of the night, but Waynesville looked to tie things up. Camdenton's defense stood firm, allowing just one goal to their opponent in the second half, leading the Lady Lakers to a 3-2 win to advance to the district championship.
The Lady Lakers take on Jefferson City at Lebanon on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.