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Lady Owls 0-3 at West Plains tourney

Monday, April 23, 2012

Junior Gabby Granados and the Lady Owls' defense held host West Plains scoreless for 85 minutes to force a shoot-out in the seventh-place match of the Lady Zizzer Classic.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
WEST PLAINS -- The Marshall girls' soccer team didn't leave West Plains with its first win of the season, dropping all three matches in the Lady Zizzer Classic.

The Lady Owls did manage three goals during the meet, one more than the combined total of their previous 10 matches. Two of their contests were close, following Friday's 7-0 first-round loss to Waynesville -- which would beat Notre Dame of St. Louis 3-2 the following day for the title.

The Lady Tigers scored three first half goals, the first one deflecting off a Marshall defender. Senior Jesslyn Clark cashed in on a crossing pass from junior Rhiannon Moore, who converted a penalty kick three minutes later.

The Lady Owls held their foes off for the next 30 minutes, but Waynesville (7-5) struck four times within an 11-minute span of the second half. Junior Loriann Clark connected from close range, senior Sarah Dowling scored on a feed from sophomore Megan Morgan and then set up junior Jourdan Kilthau for a shot, and Morgan hit off a stolen pass.

Marshall was out-shot 21-2, with junior goalkeeper Ellen Woolsey making 14 saves.

The Lady Owl drew first blood during Saturday morning's consolation semifinal, a 4-2 loss to Liberty of Mountain View. Junior Jenny Najera jumped on a rebound in front of the net and stuck it in the frame in the match's eighth minute.

A "through" ball from junior Jessie Bottorff led to a game-tying shot by freshman Natalie Henry later in the first half and the Lady Eagles took the lead when sophomore Kassidy Ledgerwood's kick banged off the crossbar and his Woolsey before trickling across the goal line.

Senior Allea Summers evened the match by making a penalty kick for her team-high third goal of the season, but an infraction in the box gave Liberty (6-4) the same opportunity -- with senior Emily Vines making her try, and an insurance goal coming three minutes later when Henry's shot changed direction and found the twine.

For the first time this season, the Lady Owls held an edge in shots on goal, 12-11.

The seventh-place match against the host Lady Zizzers went to a shoot-out, with Marshall ending up with a 2-1 loss.

West Plains got a first-half goal from senior Ashley Smith off of senior Tasha Ugbah's crossing pass, but the Lady Owls tied it 15 minutes into the second half when sophomore Payton Beeler's long clearing kick resulted in a one-and-one breakaway for Najera.

Through 25 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, neither team could score. Through two rotations of the shoot-out, they were even -- seniors Ariel Smith and Stephanie Stark making their attempts for Marshall and junior Suzanne Hones and Ashley Smith converting for West Plains.

Junior Carly Shannon's goal for the Lady Zizzers (3-12) was followed by a miss from Summers. When sophomore Alyce Bender connected, the Lady Owls were in the position of having to make their next two to stay alive -- and senior Erika Espinoza came up empty.

Despite ending a string of four straight shutout losses, Marshall (0-13) is still looking for its first victory -- which it will try to get today at NCMC rival Boonville.

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