Lady Owls split at Raytown Tournament

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

RAYTOWN -- The Marshall girls' soccer team has experienced extremes during the first two rounds of the Raytown Tournament.

The Lady Owls opened the meet Monday with a 4-0 loss to Summit Christian Academy of Lee's Summit, the top-ranked Class 1 club in the state, to handing Grandview its 15th straight loss, 5-0, during Tuesday's consolation semifinal round.

Marshall kept the Lady Eagles, who finished third in the state a year ago, in check until late in the first half -- junior Mata Cofield finding the mark with six minutes left in the period.

However, she wasn't the Lady Owls' main concern. That was senior Kassi Gintner, who last week broke the state career scoring record with her 233rd goal. After having her first three shots saved by junior Rileigh Massey, Gintner broke loose in the 14th minute of the second half -- then struck twice more before the match was over, her last goal coming with four minutes remaining.

Summit Christian (15-1), which demolished Raytown South in the semifinals, 10-0, to advance to the championship match, needed only to stop one shot for freshman Mackenna McGraw to post a shutout.

That was the case for Massey against Grandview (2-16), getting a calm night in the net with one save for her fourth clean sheet.

The Lady Owls struck early, with senior Rachel Sporleder getting them on the board in the sixth minute and junior Thania Figueroa following that four minutes later off a pass from sophomore Kassidy Heying.

The second half began with Figueroa setting up junior Maria Granados for her second goal of the season. Heying converted a penalty kick for her 24th goal and sophomore Susana Zelaya got her second midway through the frame.

Marshall (9-7) returns to the tourney Thursday for play Belton, a 2-0 winner over North Kansas City, for the consolation trophy.

Baseball

PLEASANT HILL -- Senior James Barnes allowed no earned runs and senior Blake Beagle banged out three doubles Monday as Pleasant Hill handed the visiting Marshall baseball team a 12-2, five-inning non-conference loss.

This contest was competitive through the early stages, the Owls twice taking the lead. Sophomore Spencer Starr singled and scored on an error in the first and reached on a boot and came in on sophomore Isaac Yung's double in the third for a 2-1 advantage.

That all turned around in the bottom of the third, when the Roosters erupted for eight runs. A hit batter, senior Jordan Smith's single, two walks and an error produced three runs and set up freshman Jackson Barnes' two-run double. Barnes scored on an error before Smith and James Barnes capped the rally with RBI singles.

Beagle doubled in two runs and scored on senior Dylan Adams' single in the fourth as Grain Valley (7-6) activated the "mercy" rule.

Senior Caleb Harris and junior Kyle Weber also had singles for Marshall (2-16), which returns to NCMC play Friday at Moberly.

Boys' Tennis

The Marshall boys' tennis team sustained back-to-back dual losses for the first time in several years Monday as visiting Helias took advantage of a couple of fortuitous breaks for a 5-4 non-conference decision.

The Owls led 2-1 after doubles play as seniors Jalal Alhamzawi and Isaac Summers won 10-2 at No. 1 and seniors Hunter Repp and Luke Jackson got a 10-8 decision at No. 3. The No. 2 match was a narrow 11-9 loss by senior Will Raines and junior Zach Baker to seniors Cance Pool and Jordan Rolling.

Alhamzawi (10-4) and Raines (10-7) gave Marshall wins in singles, while Rolling (10-5) and freshman Jacob Cowley (10-6) kept the Crusaders (8-0) close. However, Summers had to withdraw with a sore shoulder after taking a 6-5 lead on junior Tristan Grawe at No. 2 and Baker found himself in a familiar spot -- going overtime in his No. 3 match against junior Seth Pezley, losing what proved to be the decisive match, 11-10 (11-7).

Marshall (9-5) is back on its home court Wednesday against Warrensburg.

Boys' Golf

JEFFERSON CITY -- Junior Evan Weaver sneaked in at the cutoff Monday for his fourth tournament medal of the season for the Marshall boys' golf team.

Weaver shot an 80 to tie for 15th place out of 111 entries in the Capital City Invitational at Meadow Lake Acres Golf Course in Jefferson City, two strokes higher than his score a week earlier during the Helias meet on the same links.

Senior Steven Sims took five shots off his previous score on the course with an 88, the largest gain for the Owls -- who placed 13th out of 23 mostly-larger schools with a 358 points, three over last week's score. Rounding out Marshall's team tally were junior Logan Evans at 93 and senior Grant Maupin at 97.

Reversing the results of Friday's Richmond Invitational, Rockhurst took the team title from Rock Bridge, 311 to 319 points.

Hannibal senior Trevor Watson took the gold medal with a one-over-par 73. That provides the rest of the field with a target when the NCMC Tournament takes place Wednesday at Marshall's Indian Foothills Golf Course.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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