The Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers got a measure of revenge and celebrated their seniors Tuesday night in a 3-2 victory over the St. Pius X Warriors at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Soccer Complex.
St. Pius notched a West Central Conference win when the Lady Tigers visited earlier in the season, and the Warriors got on the board first on Tuesday when Kaitlyn Pittala found the back of the net at the 4:58 mark. S-C’s Maddie Davidson evened it up on a penalty kick midway through the first half, but the Warriors answered less than four minutes later to take a 2-1 advantage heading into the half.
In an emotional halftime ceremony, the Lady Tigers honored seniors Davidson, Jillian Vansell, Peyton Sharp, Lydia Sharp, Sydney Mefford, Kristen Farrell, Heidi Treuner and Sarah Garcia. Afterward, S-C became more aggressive, spending more time in their offensive zone.
“The girls settled into the game in the second half and started to compose themselves,” said S-C Coach Adam Murray. “They were able to switch the ball and play to the weak side of the field. That really started to open things up in our attack. We did a good job of finishing the opportunities we had as well.”
Forward Marilyn Ream punched home a goal less than five minutes into the second half, then added the game-winner at about the 55-minute mark. Brianna Pollitt had two assists for S-C.
“The girls played with lots of effort tonight and found a way to beat a quality team,” Murray said. “I’m very proud of the way they played tonight, and I want to thank the seniors for everything they have given to the program.”
S-C (12-6-1; 6-1 WCC) now is tied with St. Pius for the conference lead. The Lady Tigers next face Warrensburg on the road on Thursday.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS
Smith-Cotton 5, St. Pius X 4
In singles, David Cho defeated Tommy Givens, 8-1, Jacob Hedrick defeated Luke Ross 8-6, Travis Barber defeated Matthew Tilley 8-5, Colin Cummings defeated Mikhail Husyev 8-0, Miler Birchmier defeated Ryan Hankins 2-8 and Keron Irwin defeated Jordan O’Brien 8-5.
In doubles, David Cho and Jacob Hedrick defeated Tommy Givens and Luke Ross 8-3, Travis Barber and Colin Cummings defeated Matthew Tilley and Mikhail Husyev 8-8, (3) and Ryan Hankins and Keron Irwin defeated Miler Birchmier and Jordan O’Brien 8-4.
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
La Monte 15, Northwest 0
The Lady Vikings advance to the Class 1, District 15 final tomorrow against Bunceton at 5 p.m. in La Monte.
Cole Camp 6, Lincoln 5
The Bluebirds advance to the Class 1, District 14 final tomorrow and face Crest Ridge at 6 p.m. in Lincoln.
Lincoln wins Benton County Cup
The Cardinals earned Benton County bragging rights Tuesday at Triple Creek Golf Course in Cole Camp with a first-place finish over Cole Camp and Warsaw.
Lincoln shot a team-total of 161. Cole Camp finished with a 186 and Warsaw fired a 195.
Trevor Kroenke of Lincoln and Caleb Self of Cole Camp shared medalist honors, shooting 37s.
Boone Kroenke was runner-up two strokes behind.