Camdenton and Osage met on the pitch Thursday night in the annual battle for Lake area bragging rights and this year, the visitors claimed those bragging rights as the Lakers defeated the Indians 6-0.
After knocking off Lebanon in a double-overtime win on September 28, Camdenton had some trouble finding the back of the net recently being shutout by Parkview and West Plains. That was not the case Thursday night.
“I was happy that we put away our first clean look on the net. We had been struggling with doing that the last several games,” Camdenton coach Mike Gow remarked. “The last several games we had gotten the ball down inside the six (6-yard box) early and have just touched it (the ball) the wrong way and it ended up costing us. A couple of games I thought we should have taken care of, we just missed those shots we were putting in there tonight inside the six.”
Camdenton sophomore Josh Gerdiman led the Lakers with two goals while junior Logan Morse, junior Connor Hughes, sophomore Abimael Rodriguez and freshman Ian Kirby-Gibson all blasted shots into the goal as well. Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Nolan Moriearty maintained his perfect clean sheet against the Indians for his high school career.
“Our guys worked hard. I thought that ‘Abi’ (Abimael Rodriguez) had a good night tonight in the midfield as did Josh Gerdiman who has just been on fire for the last two and a half weeks,” Gow noted. “Josh has really been a lot of fun to watch and listen to, taking on a leadership role the last several weeks. Guys are listening to him and it is nice to have that voice coming from within the team.”
Osage had its chances, but just could not find a way to finish any possession with the ball in the back of the net.
“Once again, I thought our kids played hard,” Osage coach Randy Satterlee stated. “We possessed it well in the forward end and had some good things happen. We cannot finish the ball and have to get to a point where we can get that done. We were playing down some guys, which always hurts when you have to take a few essential guys out of the mix. It is hard to get that dynamic going again.”
Camdenton (7-15) fell to Carl Junction 5-4 on Monday in penalty kicks and will look to rebound Wednesday night in a makeup game with Rolla coming to town at 5 p.m. The Lakers will wrap up the regular season on Thursday hosting Springfield Central at 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Osage (4-17) fell to Bolivar 1-0 Monday night to end the regular season and was scheduled to visit Springfield Catholic on Tuesday night for the Class 2 District 11 opener. Should the Indians have won, they will take on the winner of Fair Grove and Fatima on Thursday night for the district title at 6 p.m.