Senior Arial Dice winds up for a pass during one of the team's final season matches.

Soccer team suffers district loss, concludes season

The girls varsity soccer team wrapped up the season last week, falling to the Maryville Spoofhounds in the first district match.

The Lady Dragons endured hardships such as injuries and exhaustion throughout the season. After acquiring an early 5-2 record, Freshman Lexi Smith suffered a head injury that would keep her out for the remainder of the season. The ladies struggled scoring from that point on. The team also played three games heading into districts. The varsity starters were rested during games against Excelsior Springs and Benton, in hopes of having a fresh team that was primed to compete against Maryville in the first district game. “That was the right move for us because earlier in the season Maryville beat us soundly when Jentrie Van Brunt was injured and didn't play.” Head Coach Michael Van Brunt said. “Being rested and getting Jentrie back made a huge difference for us.”

The Lady Dragons took on the Spoofhounds on Monday, May 16 at Dave Goodwin Field. The home team was unable to make any advances offensively, and only allowed a single Maryville goal, off of a perfectly placed shot from far outside the box into the upper left corner.  “Of course we would have liked to upset Maryville, but I was proud of how the girls competed.” Van Brunt said. “For the most part, though, the girls played with heart and competed well all year. I am proud of them.”


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