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  • Lady Lakers win Moberly Tournament for third year in a row

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  • Moberly, Mo. – Three games in two days may have left the Lady Lakers a little worse for wear, but they didn't notice the bruises too much on Saturday as they claimed the championship win in the Moberly Tournament.
    Friday marked the 16th time the Lady Lakers have attended the tournament, and this marks the eighth time that Camdenton has won the tournament. It's the third season in a row in which they have done so.
    Camdenton got it all started off with a tough and physical match against Kirksville on Friday night, and even though the Lady Lakers won 7-2, Coach J.D. Hunter says the score was not an accurate portrayal of the match.
    Danica Brewer found Whitney Snow for a quick breakaway just one minute and 18 seconds into the match to give Camdenton the lead 1-0.  
    "Sometimes, those early goals hurt more than they help because the team gets a crazy notion that they'll score 10 in the first 10 minutes and that's just not how it works," Coach Hunter said.
    Kirksville answered after 11 minutes into the match to tie the game 1-1.
    "That goal hurt us a bit as we got a bit stretched out and out of position on their counter, but as the girls have done all season, they didn't get rattled with it being tied up," Coach Hunter said. "They just kept playing and I like that about them this year."
    With under ten minutes to go in the first half, Camdenton put Kirksville away with a three goal flourish in six minutes as Whitney Snow scored the game winner after carrying the ball through and around three Kirksville defenders.
    It was followed by Morgan Henry finding freshman Natalie Schulte on a cross, Schulte's second goal as a Lady Laker. A nice look from junior team captain Madison Henry found Danica Brewer for a wide open net goal, giving the Lady Lakers a 4-1 lead at the half.
    Camdenton was able to play all 22 players on its roster and score 3 more in the second half as well. Snow finished the match with 3 goals while Schulte, Brewer, Morgan Henry and Bri Bullock each had one.  
    The second match of the tourney pitted the Lady Lakers up against the hosting Moberly Lady Spartans.
    The matchup proved to be a tough one, as the Lady Lakers didn't score their first goal until fifteen minutes in, as Whitney Snow slotted a ball to Schulte, who made a run from the outside-mid position.
    Three more goals gave Camdenton a 4-0 lead, allowing the Lady Lakers to utilize their bench against a weakened Moberly team.
    "Moberly is a great team with a great tradition and we knew that they'd keep fighting in the second half regardless of the score," Coach Hunter said. "That is exactly what Moberly did, too."
    Page 2 of 3 - Moberly was only able to find the back of the net once in the second half while Camdenton connected with two more goals to make the final 6-1.  Freshman Natalie Schulte, junior Nicole Amerine and senior Whitney Snow each scored two goals in the contest.  Snow also had an assist, while Nicole had 2 assists, and Madison Henry, Danielle Ballard, and Danica Brewer each had an assist as well.  
    Two wins put the Lady Lakers in the championship game, where they faced off against a physical Hannibal team, their third match in less than 24 hours.
    "Both teams were pretty banged up and tired coming into the last match, but that's how these tournaments work, so you just do your best with it and go from there," Coach Hunter said.
    Camdenton drew first blood as Morgan Henry found Snow with a long-through ball, which Snow promptly drove in one minute into the match.
    "Hannibal is very aggressive offensively and love to push people up while leaving their backs in a flat four shape," Coach Hunter said. "We discussed right before kick-off the need to play a bit of 'kick-it-and-go-get-it' type of soccer which we don't like to do much, but there's a need at times to just take what you're given and the team did just that."
    Ten minutes later, the Lady Lakers were able to score the game winner as Snow found Faith Scheidemantle with a short diagonal ball from the left. Scheidemantle was able to chest it down, take a touch and knock it in from 12 yards out for the score.
    The Lady Laker defense, a staunch and key component in Camdenton's success this season, proved to be just as good in this match, thwarting every Hannibal attempt again and again, repelling each attack.
    "I believe our four backs and goalie, Hanna Lowther, are doing a great job of keeping their shape and playing together as a unit," Coach Hunter said. "Any time we give up a goal, it usually goes back to us getting stretched out a bit and we have a break down that starts in the midfield and works its way back."
    Leading 2-0 at halftime, Camdenton continued to play dominantly, with  Morgan Henry driving in a shot from 25 yards out to give the Lady Lakers a 3-0 lead early in the second half.
    Hannibal finally broke through the defense for a score, but two goals from Snow later on would lead Camdenton to a 5-1 victory.
    The team's record stands at 10-2-1, and five of the Lady Lakers were named to the All-Tournament team: Nicole Amerine (junior), Morgan Henry (senior), Faith Scheidemantle (junior), Natalie Schulte (freshman) and Whitney Snow (senior).
    For Snow, it proved to a big weekend, as the senior set a single-season record for most goals scored by a player at the Moberly Tournament, and also set a career record for goals at the Tournament, scoring 13 in her time as a Lady Laker.
    Page 3 of 3 - The senior has 30 goals in the first 13 matches this season, along with 11 assists, second only to her teammate, Morgan Henry, who leads the team with 14.
    It proved to be an exciting and emotional weekend for both the team and Coach Hunter.
    "It's a different style of soccer up north there, and it's a style that suits our team pretty well. We were able to get looks in all three matches and I was very proud of our team's committment to seeing this tournament through," Coach Hunter said. "Moberly is where I started coaching soccer way back when, so I was very happy to see us do well in my last trip as the Camdenton coach.  It was a great weekend."

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