Camdenton, Mo. – Postponed in mid-September, the Camdenton and Waynesville soccer teams resumed a match on Monday, Oct. 21 at Waynesville.
The bizarre part: with the Tigers ahead 2-0 on Sept. 19, the game was postponed in the 27th minute due to lightning, though there were no local reports of lightning, nor thunder or rain.
But even after waiting 75 minutes to leave earlier in the year, the Lakers returned Monday only to drop the contest 5-1.
Waynesville jumped ahead on Sept. 19 behind a two-goal effort by forward Shane Jewett (Sr.). On Monday, Jewett banged another goal through to finish with a hat trick. Teammates Louis Tejada and Hunter Ball also scored for the Tigers, while the Lakers only managed to put up one goal in the remainder of the game.
Camdenton fell to 7-12 with the loss.
Both teams are currently set to square off again in the opening round of the Class 3, District 10 tournament on Nov. 4.
After that match-up, the Lakers returned home on Tuesday night to take on a talented Rolla team, who currently boasts a 19-2 record on the season after a 3-0 shutout win over the Lakers.
Rolla senior Gage Scurlock recorded his 11th shutout of the season for the Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the Missouri Class 2 state poll, while fellow seniors Aaron Froehlich and Austin Parks led the offense to a win with Froelich netting two goals and Austin Parks scoring one for Rolla.
Though the Lakers' offense failed to put any points on the board, the outstanding efforts by the Laker defense held Rolla to just three goals, though they took more than their fair share of shots on the net.
"We gave max effort tonight," Coach Jason Ingold said after the game. "I was really proud of how the guys kept battling. It's easy to unravel against a team like this, but our team stayed together, and that was our focus tonight."
Camdenton was led by the stellar play of goalkeeper Tanner Moesch, who finished the night with 28 saves in the game, out of the 31 shots taken on the net by the Bulldogs.
"He was getting in to the heads of the other team," Ingold said. "It was 2-0 at the half, but he already 18 saves. He played the best I have ever seen him play, and played better than any keeper I have seen this year."
Rolla also won the junior varsity game on Tuesday 2-1.
After that loss, the Lakers move on to a 7-13 record, before Thursday's senior night match against the new Battle school out of Columbia. Going in to the match, Battle held a 5-14 record.
In the first five minutes of play, Battle took a 1-0 lead as Omar Hayes broke away and slipped a shot past the waiting hands of Tanner Moesch.
Page 2 of 2 - Halfway through the first half, Camdenton threatened to score on a corner kick, but Alex Amerine's attempt to head the ball in the net went over the goal by a short distance.
At 13:48, the Lakers managed to tie the game at 1-1, and finished the half with the same score, thanks to two great saves by Moesch in the last seconds of the half.
Camdenton would take their first lead in the second half, but as the game drew nearer to the end, Battle tied the game with 15 minutes left as the ball bounced off of Moesch and was knocked in.
A third goal by Battle proved to be the final score of the game, as the Lakers fell short of rallying to tie the game once more.
"We made a mistake, and they tied it," Coach Jason Ingold said afterwards. "I keep preaching to these guys that even when it's tied, it's still tied. We needed someone to step up and play together, and I think that kind of took the wind out of our sails."
The team has three games left in the season, with matches against Crocker, Hickman and Glendale next week before they face Waynesville in the first round of districts.