Lebanon, Mo. – The Camdenton Lakers knew they (8-16) had an uphill battle in districts on Monday night, as they faced the Waynesville Tigers (13-9), a team who had beaten them earlier this season 5-2.
But no one could have predicted this outcome of this game being a 10-0 shutout.
Waynesville's team came out blazing, scoring their first goal after seven minutes of play as Waynesville senior Shane Jewett broke past defenders to take a shot from outside of the box for a 1-0 lead.
"They got us seven minutes in, and we never recovered," Coach Jason Ingold said. "They had the mentality that they were not going to lose tonight, and we were hoping to win, and that was the difference."
Waynesville managed to score a total of six goals in the first half, and the team was still calling for more as the half ended with a 6-0 lead. Jewett led the Tigers with three goals in the first half.
The Tigers meant to send a message to Jefferson City, the winner of the first district game earlier than night, as the Jays defeated Lebanon 4-0.
A goal to start the second half after just 17 seconds of play gave Jewett his fourth goal of the night, increasing the Tigers' lead to 7-0.
The Tigers would continue to threaten the goal for the next 10 minutes, but some athletic plays by Camdenton's Tanner Moesch in goal prevented three scores.
After their eighth goal was scored, the Tigers' attack continued, but not before the Lakers attempted a shot of their own. Connor Hickman managed to float a shot towards the net, but Waynesville's Jon Moore made the save, and the Tigers immediately turned around, driving back to Camdenton's goal, where Jewett scored his fifth and final goal of the night.
Looking to end the game early, Waynesville led 9-0 with over 20 minutes left of play in the half, and despite another two saves by Moesch and a shot by Justin Gerdiman, the Tigers were able to head a corner kick, and as it fell to the ground, the ball was kicked in the goal amidst a flurry of players from both teams for the tenth score, ending the game with 18:37 left on the clock.
Offensively, the Lakers struggled to put the ball into a scoring position, with the Lakers taking three or four legitimate shots on goal in the game.
"I was never angry or upset with our team. It was just a collective effort by Waynesville," Coach Ingold said. "I thought Waynesville came out and played unbelievably tonight. Hopefully, it's a lesson for the underclassmen. Tonight, they were a stronger team than us, and they had the mentality."
The Lakers season ends with an 8-16 record, and lose four seniors.
Looking forward to next season, the Lakers can take a lot from this season. A number of underclassmen gained a lot of experience this season, with even two freshman (David Prather and Justin Gerdiman) getting quality playing time at the varsity level.
"We're bringing a ton of guys back and we had guys on the bench that got a lot of time, and we'll have more kids coming in," Coach Ingold said. "Next year, we bring back nine starters."
Considering that the Lakers only returned one starting player this season, the future for the Lakers is definitely one to look forward to.
And maybe, just maybe, this loss will stick in the minds of the younger players and give them the fire to take the next step in 2014.