Branson, Mo. – The annual Branson soccer tournament is always a great place to be to watch competitive soccer, and this past weekend's tournament was no different.
The Osage Lady Indians made the trip down to take on Webb City on Friday night, and despite a hard-fought match, the Indians fell in a 2-1 loss.
Webb City jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with a goal in the first three minutes of play, and tacked on another for a 2-0 lead going into the half.
After almost 16 minutes of play in the second half, Alexa Pittenger managed to put the Lady Indians on board, assisted by Savannah Foster.
Although the Lady Indians took 12 shots on goal, they couldn't get another goal in to tie the game, falling by just one goal.
Vanessa Webber finished the game with one saved shot, while giving up two in the net.
The girls started the day off on Saturday by bouncing back to defeat Marshfield in a 7-0 shutout. Osage's girls took 22 shots on goal, and had six different players score in the game.
Alexa Pittenger led the team with two goals, while Savannah Foster, Cassidy Culver, Morgan Breneman, Katie Kostuke and Monica Cisar.
Vanessa Webber and the defense allowed no shots on goal.
The Lady Indians' final game of the tournament came on Saturday afternoon against the Parkview Lady Vikings, who managed to knock off the Lady Indians with a 3-1 win.
Osage's lone goal was scored by Cassidy Culver.
Osage's Monday night match against Warrensburg saw the resilient Lady Indians recover once again from a loss, this time winning with a 3-0 shutout.
The Lady Indians are now 14-5 this season, with the Camdenton Tournament ahead of them this coming weekend.
The Camdenton Lady Laker soccer team fell to 11-3-1 on the season after losing Monday night 4-2 to Jefferson City. The Lady Jays, who are currently ranked 5th in the state in class 3 have only allowed two goals all season in regulation and came in to the contest 12-1-1.
Camdenton took an early lead when senior Whitney Snow was able to deftly settle a Jefferson City goal kick, take a touch, and hit a bomb in from 27 yards that hit the bottom of the crossbar and deflected into the net.
“Snow’s goal was one of the better high school goals I have seen in a while,” noted Camdenton coach J.D. Hunter. “She hit a dart that I don’t think anyone could have stopped.”
At the twenty minute mark of the first half, Camdenton scored again, this time off of a penalty kick from Snow which was the result of a Lady Jay foul on junior forward Madison Henry in the box.
“Morgan Henry played a real nice ball to her sister in the penalty area and after Madison ran on to it, she and a Jefferson City defender got tangled up and the defender got a little too much of Madison’s ankle in the play.”
With the score now 2-0 in favor the Lady Lakers, the Jefferson City team turned the tide quickly and scored two goals before the end of the first half making it 2-2 at the intermission.
“Obviously, you hate to give up goals late in the half, and we have no excuses except for poor execution and technique and that’s on us coaches. We’ll figure things out and keep working in practice on some things and see where the day takes us.”
Camdenton’s offensive prowess stalled in the second half and Jefferson City was able to find the back of the net two more times to earn the 4-2 victory and almost guarantee of the number one seed in District 10 where Camdenton hopes to be able to have another chance against the Lady Jays.
“Jefferson City is a quality program with a very large pool of talent from which to choose and we know that we’ll have to keep working harder and smarter if we want to get past them in the future. But that is what makes the game so much fun though is that each match is completely different. I’m anxious to see how the team bounces back from this loss. It stung a little bit, but sometimes that stinging sensation is a good thing to experience.”
Camdenton gets back to work on their Ozark conference schedule on Tuesday as they travel to Springfield Parkview before a few days of rest and then their 7th Annual Central Missouri Soccer Tournament on May 2nd and May 3rd.