By The Examiner staff

The Truman boys soccer team had to settle for eighth place in the Liberty Tournament.

A strong start in Wednesday’s seventh-place game didn’t translate into a strong finish in a 3-1 loss to Raytown South.

“We played really well in the first half and created some chances,” Patriots coach Jared Byrne said after his team finished 0-3 in the season-opening tournament. “For some reason, we are continuing to make simple mistakes that put us in really bad situations. We can't afford to continue to do that.”

Colin McClaren’s goal on an assist from Mario Menjivar cut Raytown South’s lead to 2-1 in the 69th minute, but Alex Landaverde scored for the Cardinals five minutes later to put it out of reach.

Tyler Schmitt and Allan Carranza scored Raytown South’s first two goals.

VAN HORN 1, WINNETONKA 1: Van Horn had to settle for a tie with the host team in the Winnetonka Tournament Wednesday.

Alexis Marques assisted on Avi Lopez’s second-half goal to assure Van Horn of the tie.

“It was a tough game,” Van Horn coach Greg Millick said. “We had four yellow cards.”

Van Horn (1-0-1) meets Northeast today.

LIBERTY 2, BLUE SPRINGS 1: Blue Springs got bested in overtime by the host team in Tuesday’s semifinals of the Liberty Tournament.

The Wildcats’ Connor Wheeler scored an unassisted goal in the 50th minute to force overtime.

Last Saturday, the Wildcats defeated Staley 1-0. Kai Miller scored the game’s lone goal on an assist from Tarrek Alkahteeb.

Blue Springs meets Liberty North for third place at 5 p.m. today.

GRAIN VALLEY 3, COLUMBIA BATTLE 0: Grain Valley claimed third place in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Classic by blanking the new Columbia high school Tuesday.

Adam Chaiprathum scored on an assist from Michael Pellham in the eighth minute, and Jake Desselle and Jacob Weingartner added unassisted goals in the second half to lift the Eagles (2-1). R.C. Jones made five saves to record the shutout.

“The boys did well to finish out the tournament strong and get back above .500,” Eagles coach Tyler Nichol said. “We now look forward to an important game Thursday at home against a tough district opponent in Warrensburg.”