The Grain Valley boys soccer team kept its strong start to the season going Thursday.
The host Eagles (3-1) used a strong defensive game led by back-line defenders Andrew Schmitt and Noah Espinoza to blank Warrensburg 2-0.
Senior striker Michael Pellham put the Eagles on top with 10 minutes left in the first half when he took a pass from Jake Weingartner and chipped the ball over the Warrensburg goalkeeper.
Adam Chaiprathum added an insurance goal with about 25 minutes left when he scored off a header pass from Jake Desselle off a Blake Desselle corner kick.
On Tuesday, Grain Valley claimed third place in the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Classic by blanking Battle, the new Columbia high school, 3-0.
Chaiprathum scored on an assist from Pellham in the eighth minute, and Jake Desselle and Weingartner added unassisted goals in the second half to lift the Eagles. 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.
LIBERTY NORTH 2, BLUE SPRINGS 0: Blue Springs had to settle for fourth place in the Liberty Tournament, as Liberty North shut out the Wildcats in the third-place game Thursday night.
“We have to build on the loss from here,” Blue Springs coach Mike Palermo said after his team fell to 1-2 overall.
Blue Springs fell 2-1 to host Liberty in the semifinals Tuesday. Connor Wheeler scored an unassisted goal in the 50th minute to force overtime for the Wildcats.
In last Saturday’s first-round game, the Wildcats defeated Staley 1-0. Kai Miller scored the game’s lone goal on an assist from Tarrek Alkahteeb.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 3, TRUMAN 1: Truman finished eighth 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 (1-0-1) had to settle for a tie with the host team in the Winnetonka Tournament Wednesday.
Page 2 of 2 - 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.”