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2017 Game Recaps

2017 Game Recaps


3/24/2017 vs DeSoto @ Home: The Owls opened the season with a performance that steadily improved as the game progressed. The game began with the Owls controlling possession, but getting bogged down at times by the swarming Dragons’ defense. After 14 minutes, Maddie Stringer received a pass from Taylor Kelley and broke through the defense. With a determined effort she roofed a shot to break the deadlock. Nine minutes later, Calli Robertson slotted a ball in behind the defense to Katelin Voegtle who beat a defender and ripped a shot to the near post for a 2-0 lead. The second half saw the Owls switching the point of attack very well, leading to many good scoring opportunities. Taylor Kelley tallied her first varsity goal as she cleanly struck a one timer from 20 yards out into the upper corner of the net. In the 60th minute Lauryn Kunz scored on a breakaway that she hit hard and low to the far corner. Jaelynn Hunnicutt assisted on both goals. Stringer finished the scoring when she received a flick on from Bailey Wilson for a partial breakaway, that she hit over the goalie for a 5-0 final score. The Owls out shot the Dragons 24-0 in this contest.  Kylie Gmerek played all 80 minutes for the shutout. (1-0)

JV: After nearly 4 weeks of practices, the JV Lady Owls played their first game of the season with a Home Opener vs DeSoto and won 1-0. The Lady Owls started off stealing the JV Lady Dragon’s possession right from the kick off and dominated for 5 minutes. With most of the ball being DeSoto’s end, and the Lady Owls not capitalizing on their opportunities, DeSoto got a counter attack and we handed a corner kick, which two Lady Owls almost put into their own net, lucky for us McKenna Brown came up big making a goal line clearance save to keep it nil-nil at halftime. The second half was mostly dominated by the JV Lady Owls and they were rewarded when Kaitlin Lewis stole a ball about 30-35 yards from goal and proceeded to beat two midfielders, then a defender and finally after a goalie error, Lewis would score her first high school goal and bury it in an open net. The Owls were put under pressure, but solid defense from Haley Heaghney, K. Lewis, Mackenzie LaPlant, Erin Pieper, Lexi Plesons, Jaelyn Tinsley and Sammi Young, helped by McKenna Brown’s 3 saves, they held onto the shutout. Next up Cape Central. 1-0 win (1-0)

3/28/2017 vs Cape Girardeau Central @ Cape Central: The Owls played the Tigers in an end-to-end game that took overtime to decide the winner. The first half saw the Owls struggle early to string together passes, but we were able to carry the play late and earn two breakaways that were both saved by the Tigers’ goalie. In the second half, the Tigers went ahead from a corner kick that Jaelynn Hunnicutt almost saved from going in. The Owls bounced back and tied the game when Katelin Voegtle redirected a cross from Lauryn Kunz past a helpless goalie. The Tigers took the lead again by converting a poor clearance to a shot into the upper corner. The Owls tied it again at 2-2 with 3 minutes left. Calli Robertson sprung Lauryn Kunz for a breakaway that she put into the far corner. The game winner came in overtime when Maddie Stringer beat her defender to a goal kick and played the ball into the middle where Voegtle outmuscled her defender and beat the goalie with a hard, low shot for a 3-2 victory. Kylie Gmerek made 4 saves in the game (2-0)

JV: The Lady Owls played their 2nd game of the season and struggled from the kick off. The Tigers were faster and wanted the ball more. If it hadn’t been for McKenna Brown in goal, the score at halftime could have been 7 or 8 to nil instead of 1-0. Brown made 18 first half saves, but one got by. MacKenzie LaPlant played a stellar first half in defense as did Sammi Young, Jaylen Tinsley and Erin Pieper. The Lady Owls couldn’t muster a shot on goal until the last minutes of the match. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead late in the 2nd half on a poor defense set from a corner kick. Back at it tonight at home versus Fredericktown. 2-0 loss. (1-1)

3/29/2017 vs Fredericktown @ Home: After a quick turnaround from last night’s overtime thriller, the Owls were right back on the pitch battling a much-improved Blackcats team. The Owls played well from the opening whistle and got on the scoreboard when Lauryn Kunz struck a free kick into the upper corner. Lauryn turned into a playmaker on the next goal, when she set up Maddie Stringer. After a nice give-n-go,  Stringer hit a high shot over the goalie from the top of the box for a 2-0 lead that they held until halftime. Kunz, again showed her dead ball prowess, when she served a free kick from the side of the box onto Calli Robertson’s head. Calli headed the ball down and past the goalie’s outstretched leg. Kylie Gmerek played very well in making 11 saves on the way to her 2nd shutout of the season. Keri Voegtle and Sam Sabatino in defense along with Gabby Preis in the midfield all played very good games to help keep the Blackcats off the scoreboard. (3-0)

JV: After suffering a tough loss last night and a long bus ride home, the JV Lady Owls bounced back and won 4-0 at home over the  Fredericktown Blackcats. Gabby Dubis picked off a poor defensive clearance and took advantage to score her first goal of the season less than 5 minutes into the game. About 15 minutes later Kaitlin Lewis received a pass from Katie Lorentz to take a 2 goal lead into halftime. The Lady Owls dominated almost all of the 2nd half and were rewarded with 2 goals, one by Rafi Amabile, her first goal and Lexi Rice tucked away the fourth. Alyssa Weisner set up 2 goals and was a work horse all game. McKenna Brown played 70 minutes in net and did not have to make a save with plenty of defending by Erin Pieper, Alexis Plesons, Jaylen Tinsley and Sammi Young. 4-0 win. (2-1)

3/31/2017 vs Perryville @ Home: The Owls and Pirates we co-champs of the conference last year. This year’s battle will be very important in determining the champ in 2017. We started fast and controlled play, but couldn’t finish the opportunities we were creating. The half ended at 0-0 and we just needed to stay calm and keep our passing game at a high level. The second half saw us controlling the ball and Perryville trying to counter attack with long passes behind our defense. Ball control prevailed when Lauryn Kunz received a pass from Maddie Stringer that slotted her in between defenders on a partial breakaway. Kunz hit the side netting for a 1-0 lead that the defense made stand up for the win. Kylie Gmerek made 3 saves for her 3rd shutout of the season. Congratulations to Kylie!! She becomes the career leader in shutouts with 23 total.   1-0 win. (4-0)

4/3/2017 vs Pacific @ Windsor (Windsor Invitational Tournament):  The Owls opened the tournament against the quick and skilled Indians. We we able to jump out early with a goal when Calli Robertson passed the ball to Katelin Voegtle at the top of the penalty box. She turned quickly, dribbled by the defender and shot over the sliding goalie.  Maddie Stringer then had a great solo effort to make it 2-0. The Indians cut the lead in half off a corner kick that was put into our own net by an Owl defender. It stayed 2-1 until halftime. The Owls turned up their game a notch to open the second half and scored off a nicely slotted ball from Robertson to Stringer who beat the goalie high to the near post. Nikki Rice closed out the scoring with her first varsity goal as she deflected a Jaelynn Hunnicutt corner kick off the crossbar and in for a 4-1 final score. Kylie Gmerek played 76 minutes, made 8 saves and tied the career record for wins with 36. She was involved in a collision and was removed from the game for precautionary reasons. McKenna Brown played the final 4 minutes (her first on varsity) and made 1 save to close out the victory. 4-1 win. (5-0)

JV: 4/4/2017 vs Festus @ Festus: The JV Lady Owls took control of the game and possession right from the kick off at Festus this afternoon. After missing chance after chance as well as a missed penalty kick, the Lady Owls took the lead 1-0 with 13 minutes to play in the first half. Alyssa Weisner scored the game winner from a pass by Gabby Dubis. At halftime, we talked about being first to the ball and denying the Lady Tigers any real scoring opportunities, which the Lady Owls succeeded in doing. McKenna Brown had to make 1 save in the first half and only touched the ball once in the 2nd half on a goal kick. Another stellar night by the defensive crew of Alexis Plesons, MacKenzie LaPlant, Jaylen Tinsley, Erin  Pieper, and Sammi Young aided Brown in the clean sheet. 1-0 win. (3-1)

4/6/2017 vs Festus @ Windsor (Windsor Invitational Tournament): The Owls came out strong and played very well in the first semi-final match of the tournament. Jaelynn Hunnicutt got things started when she made an overlapping run and received a pass from Katelin Voegtle. She hit a 25 yard shot into the side netting at the far corner past a diving goalie. Lauryn Kunz doubled the lead when she took a pass from Maddie Stringer, outran her defender and banked it in off the far post. The third  goal was a thing of beauty. Voegtle crossed the ball and Denya Grljevic hit a beautiful left-footed one timer into the far corner that the goalie just watched go by. Calli Robertson closed out the first half scoring when she ripped a 20 yard rope past a helpless Tigers’ goalie for a 4-0 halftime lead. The second half began with Nikki Rice starting and finishing a nice give-n-go for a 5-0 lead. The Owls gave up a couple of goals late, but Robertson capped off the game with a 50 yard shot over the goalie’s head for a 6-2 final score. Kylie Gmerek made 3 saves in becoming the Owls all-time leader in wins with 37. The Owls will play Seckman in the tournament championship game Friday night at 7:00. 6-2 win. (6-0)

4/7/2017 vs Seckman @ Windsor (Windsor Invitational Tournament): The Owls and Jaguars battle lived up to expectations and it took overtime to settle the tournament championship. The first half was fairly even with the Owls best chance coming off a corner kick that Calli Robertson headed, but the Jaguars’ goalie made the save. Seckman’s best chances fortunately went over the crossbar. Kylie Gmerek made 6 saves to send it to halftime 0-0. The second half saw Seckman control more of the play and get on the scoreboard first. The Owls responded when Robertson passed Jaelynn Hunnicutt the ball and she hit a 35 yard laser over the surprised goalie. It stayed 1-1 until the end of regulation. Seckman came out and got the game winner 24 seconds into overtime from a great individual move and shot into the upper corner for the 2-1 victory. Gmerek made 10 saves in the game and played very well overall. Robertson and Maddie Stringer were named by the opposing coaches to the All-Tournament team. 2-1 OT loss. (6-1)

4/10/217 vs St. Vincent @ St. Vincent: The Owls never really got on track against the Indians. We struggled to connect passes and clear the ball out of dangerous areas. The Indians opened the scoring when they earned a corner kick and 3 Owl defenders couldn’t clear the ball out of the zone. They finally put it into the net from close range. We responded well. Right from the restart Calli Robertson hit Maddie Stringer long down the side and she went around the defender and beat the goalie to the near post to tie the score. The Indians regained the lead on a high ball between our sweeper and goalie that saw everyone converge and no one get the ball. The Indians forward dribbled the ball into the open net for a 2-1 halftime score. The second half saw another ball into no man’s land.  Kylie Gmerek came out to get the ball, but her clearance went right to an Indians’ forward who took a dribble and passed it into the open net for a 3-1 win. Gmerek made 7 saves. 3-1 Loss. (6-2) 

4/12/2017 vs St. Pius @ Home: The Owls played a great game and got back on track against a solid Lancers’ team. It only took 11 seconds for the Owls to get the lead when Calli Robertson started the game with a long pass to Maddie Stringer who raced around her defender and hit a shot over the goalie and into the side netting. Those two combined for the second goal a few minutes later when Robertson sent Stringer in behind the defense and she hit the side netting again to double the lead. St. Pius was then awarded two consecutive penalty kicks. Kylie Gmerek saved the first and the Lancers’ forward scored on the second to cut the lead in half. The Owls were then awarded a penalty kick of their own that Lauryn Kunz buried for a 3-1 lead that held until halftime. The second half saw the Owls play a simple and smart game in which we connected passes when it was safe and cleared the ball long when there was any sort of doubt. The defense of Keri Voegtle, Sam Sabatino, Mackenzie Marshall, Kunz, Robertson, Taylor Kelley, Jaelynn Hunnicutt and Gabby Preis kept the Lancers’ offense in check. Gmerek made 7 saves for the win. Final score 3-1 win.  (7-2)

JV: The JV Lady Owls played the Lancers to a tough 1-nil loss. It was a battle of two halves, St Pius dominated the first half and scored a soft goal 15 minutes into the half. The Owls responded with a couple half chances on the Lancers goalie and crossbar. At halftime we talked about winning the 2nd half and the Lady Owls did just that without actually putting the ball in the net. From the 2nd half kick off we put the Lancers under extreme pressure,  only for the Pius goalie to make save after save. Alyssa Weisner and Maddie Peters were robbed twice with clear goal scoring chances, but the Lancers’ goalie came up big. McKenna Brown played 70 minutes in goal, making 4 saves and conceding 1 goal in the first half. 1-0 loss. (3-2)

4/17/2017 vs Lutheran South @ Home: The Owls encountered a fast, skilled Lancers team that made things very difficult. The Owls were absorbing pressure early, but caught the Lancers on a counter attack. Calli Robertson retrieved the ball down the left side and centered the ball to Lauryn Kunz at the top of the box. She settled the ball and blasted it into the top corner. The Lancers continued to pressure and broke through before halftime with a nice goal of their own. It stayed 1-1 until halftime. The second half started the same way, but once again the Owls struck to take the lead. Robertson received a pass from Maddie Stringer, took a couple of dribbles, and blasted a 20 yard strike on the ground to the far post for the lead. Katelin Voegtle doubled the lead when Kunz sent her in on a breakaway that she calmly passed into the far corner as the goalie came out. The Lancers threw everyone forward and Kylie Gmerek was under a great deal of pressure. She made a few very good saves to hold the lead. The Lancers got another goal with 3 minutes remaining, but Gmerek shut the door for the 3-2 win. She made 15 saves on the game. 3-2 win. (8-2)

JV: The JV Lady’s Owls hosted the Lancers on this Monday of Easter Break and were rewarded with a 4-1 victory. The Owls started out the match under pressure, but withstood the threats and were then on the offensive charge with efforts by Morgan Gillick, Alyssa Weisner and Kaitlin Lewis. The first goal came with less than 19 minutes to play in the half when Maddie Peters  intercepted an errant pass and scored her first goal of the season. The 2nd half started off similar to the first half, but the Owls scored early, Rafi Amabile was the recipient of a great pass from Weisner to make it 2-0. The Lady Owls scored another 6 minutes later, Peters got her second goal of the match from a Lexi Rice assist. About 12 minutes later the Lancers caught a break and scored on Erin Pieper who played an outstanding match in goal. The 4th and final Windsor goal came directly from an Alyssa Weisner corner. 4-1 win. (4-2)

4/20/2017 vs Hillsboro @ Hillsboro: The Owls played a good first half, controlling play and creating some long range chances, while limiting the Hawks to counter attacks and individual efforts. The half ended scoreless. The second half saw the Owls have a bit more trouble controlling the ball, and the Hawks content to sit back, absorb pressure, and counter attack. An unforced turnover gave the Hawks the chance they needed. They intercepted a pass and were able to find an open player on the left. She hit the corner of the net with the game winner. The Owls pressed and forced their goalie into making a very good save to preserve the win for the Hawks 1-0. Kylie Gmerek was steady in goal making 5 saves. 1-0 loss. (8-3)

JV: After a disappointing varsity match, the JV Lady Owls laid a goose egg and lost 2-0 on the grass field at Hillsboro. It rained during most of the first half, which made conditions slick and greasy. With that said the Lady Hawks split the defense and scored 3 minutes into the match. After a little regrouping and a short bench the Owls applied more pressure and created multiple scoring chances, the best coming from a hard shot by Rafi Amabile only for the Hillsboro goalie to make a spectacular save. The Lady Hawks scored a second goal late in the 1st half on poor defensive clearances. The Lady Owls played a much better 2nd half, but couldn’t muster a quality shot on goal. Erin Pieper played all 70 minutes in goal, making 2 saves and 2 goals against. Next up for the JV Lady Owls is Sullivan in the Hillsboro JV tournament at Jefferson R-7.  2-0 loss. (4-3)

4/24/2017 vs Mehlville @ Mehlville (Lutheran South Tournament): The Owls opened the game playing well and having the better of the play. After some continued pressure, Calli Robertson took a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced out. Nikki Rice attacked the ball and took a shot that the goalie saved, but couldn’t control the rebound. Bailey Wilson followed the shot and put it into the net. It stayed 1-0 until halftime. The second half started with back and forth play. After 20 minutes, the Panthers started taking control. They broke through off a corner kick. The Panthers’ player volleyed the ball out of the air past two Owls defenders. That seemed to take the wind out of our sails as we conceded two more goals in quick order to lose 3-1. Kylie Gmerek made 8 saves in a solid effort. (8-4)

4/25/2017 vs St. Pius @ Mehlville (Lutheran South Tournament): The Owls played a very solid game for 73 minutes, but just couldn’t get over the hump against the Lancers. The first half was scoreless. We had more of the play and a couple of decent chances from good crosses. They almost lead to a go ahead goal, but we just couldn’t get a good shot off. The second half was more even in terms of territory with neither team really able to break down the other’s defense. With 7 minutes left, we misplayed a ball coming across the field and couldn’t recover, leading to a very good shot over Kylie Gmerek’s outstretched hands. We pushed players forward and conceded 2 late goals trying to get back in the game. The final score was a 3-0 loss. Gmerek had 10 saves and some very good punts to clear the defensive zone. (8-5)

5/1/5017 vs Farmington @ Home: The Owls faced a solid opponent and heavy winds in the first half and did very well. We controlled the play, but couldn’t break though. Shortly before halftime we misplayed a corner kick and the ball ended up on a Knights’ player’s foot. She one-timed it home for a 1-0 lead. Kylie Gmerek made a very good save on a high floater to keep us in the game. The second half was even for a while, but we slowly started to gain an edge. With 20 minutes left Calli Robertson played a ball to Katelin Voegtle in the left corner. She beat her man to the inside and hammered home the tying goal. Ten minutes later, Robertson fed a nice ball behind the defense to Maddie Stringer. She hit a very good side foot shot low into the far corner for a 2-1 lead. The defense shut down the Knights and brought home the win. Gmerek made 6 saves on the night. Congratulations are in order for Robertson. With her 2 assists tonight, Robertson became the career leader in assists with 34 total. 2-1 Win. (9-5)

5/2/2017 vs Festus @ Festus: The Owls used a steady defense and timely goals to get by the Tigers. The ball was in our offensive zone for much of the game. Katelin Voegtle broke through to give us a lead on a nice pass from Taylor Kelley. We continued to pressure them, but were unable to double the lead before halftime. The second half saw the Owls with many chances, but unable to get another goal because of a couple of good clearances by desperate Tiger defenders. Finally, we earned a penalty kick and Calli Robertson tallied the insurance goal we needed. The defense took care of the rest. Keri Voegtle, Sam Sabatino, Megan Tandy, and Mackenzie Marshall didn’t allow a shot on goal making Kylie Gmerek’s day very easy. Gmerek got her 4th shutout without recording a save. Final score 2-0.  (10-5)

5/5/2017 vs North County @ North County: The Owls came out quickly and never looked back against the Raiders. Maddie Stringer started things very quickly when she received a pass from Taylor Kelley and drove it to the near post. The goalie hesitated and it went by her into the net. Stringer became the playmaker on the next goal when she headed a corner kick down to Katelin Voegtle’s feet. She turned and hit a nice left-footed shot into the corner. A few minutes later, Gabby Preis sent Voegtle in on a breakaway. She hit it low and to the far post for a 3-0 that lasted until halftime. The Raiders moved from 4 defenders to 5 and sometimes 6 in the second half. They were hard to break down, but generated almost no offense. We hit the post and the Raiders’ goalie made a couple of nice saves to help hold the score at 3-0. A defensive mix up gave them a goal with 5 minutes left, but it was a very good game overall. Kylie Gmerek made 2 saves on the night. Final score 3-1 win. (11-5)

JV: It’s been 15 days since the JV Lady Owls played a game and it was evident in the first 35 minutes. The Owls gave up 3 goals on 4 shots in the first half and the offense fell short on quality efforts on goal. The second half, Windsor made a goalkeeper change, with Erin Pieper in for McKenna Brown and it paid dividends. The Owls took control of the game in the 2nd half and were rewarded with a goal 9 minutes into the half. Katie Lorentz scored her first goal of the season off a nice pass from Kaitlin Lewis. The Lady Owls had chances galore in the next 20 minutes, but didn’t capitalize until Gabby Dubis scored with 8 minutes left, from an Alyssa Weisner assist. Weisner missed a breakaway just minutes later and then the JV Lady Owls ran out of time to get the equalizer. 3-2 loss. (4-4)

5/8/2017 vs Kelly @ Home: The Owls celebrated the careers of 11 seniors in a pregame ceremony before we played the Hawks. We would like to thank Lauryn Kunz, Taylor Kelley, Katelin Voegtle, Mackenzie Marshall, Calli Robertson, Jaelynn Hunnicutt, Bailee Ciepiela, Denya Grljevic, Madelyne Stringer, Jennifer Terrill, and Kylie Gmerek for all of their contributions to our program. With all of the seniors starting, the Owls came out of the gates quickly. Katelin Voegtle hustled to win the ball, beat her defender and was tripped in the penalty box. Calli Robertson converted the penalty kick for an early lead. Four minutes later, Maggie Zysk sent Maddie Stringer in behind the defense for a breakaway. She calmly slotted it by the goalie to double the lead. The Owls continued to play well and went up 3-0 when Stringer flicked on a ball to Voegtle who went by a defender and smashed it home from 10 yards out. A nice counterattack by the Hawks broke the shutout, but only slowed us down temporarily. Nikki Rice completed the scoring when she received a cross from Bailey Wilson, settled the ball and beat the goalie for a 4-1 halftime lead. The second half was more defensive minded, but we were still able to increase the lead when Robertson found Wilson. She dribbled around a defender and found the far corner for a 5-1 victory on senior night. Kylie Gmerek made 2 saves on long-range shots as the entire defense shut down the Hawks’ offense. (12-5)

JV: The JV Lady Owls played their last home match of the season and won 2-nil pretty handily. Alyssa Weisner scored directly from a corner kick as she swung the ball in from the corner; a Hawks player redirected the ball into their own net. Alyssa again would score, but this time directly from a free kick about 25 yards out and to the fan’s side of the pitch. The 2-0 lead lasted until halftime and the Owls could have taken a 3-nil lead and a hat trick for Weisner, but the Hawks keeper saved her penalty kick. McKenna Brown played all 70 minutes and made 3 saves. Her defense helped preserve the clean sheet with contributions by MacKenzie LaPlant, Erin Pieper, Lexi Plesons and Sammi Young. 2-0 win. (5-4)

5/9/2017 vs Fox @ Fox: The Owls started out slow by giving up a shot that hit the post,but got organized and played very well until there were 30 seconds left in the half. A Warriors’ corner kick that was low to the near post was hit straight up on a mistimed clearance and batted into our own net for a 1-0 halftime deficit. The second half saw the Warriors control more of the play, but the Warriors scored the only goal of the half. It came when they gathered in a punt at midfield and dribbled through the defense for an easy goal. While we created dangerous chances in the first half, in the second half we weren’t nearly as dangerous to their defense. Kylie Gmerek made 6 saves for the game. Final score 2-0 loss. (12-6)

JV: The JV Lady Owls played Fox Warriors for their final game of the season (unbeknownst to them) as they were scheduled to play in a make up tournament; that was cancelled. They played like it was their last game and took the lead with less than 6 minutes in the first half. Lexi Rice never gave up on a free kick that Jaylen Tinsley sent towards goal and Rice scored a close range effort. The Warriors took advantage of some poor defensive clearances and equalized with 18 minutes to play in the game. McKenna Brown made some big saves in the first half and one big save in the second stint to finish the evening with 5 saves. The JV Lady Owls finished the season with 5 Wins, 4 losses and 1 tie, and this was Rafi Amabile’s last game as an Owl as she’s graduating early. 1-1 tie. (5-4-1)

5/15/2017 vs Festus @ Windsor (Districts): They say its difficult to beat a team three times in a season, and they were correct. The Owls started right where they left off in the previous two matches, controlling the play. Unfortunately, the goalposts were not our friends. We hit the post 3 times in the first half and were unable to corral the rebound each time. A couple of other near misses along with a good save from their goalie and it was 0-0 at halftime. In the second half, we continued to control play, but when Calli Robertson won a head ball from a corner kick and it hit the crossbar, it just felt like it wasn’t going to be our night. With 25 minutes left, Festus launched a 35 yard shot that skimmed the crossbar and Kylie Gmerek’s hands and went in. We continued to pressure them and glanced another shot off the post, had many shots go wide, and ultimately couldn’t get the equalizer. We outshot the Tigers 16-3, but the only stat that counts is the 1-0 loss. Kylie Gmerek had 2 saves on the night. (12-7)