The Truman boys soccer team continues to improve.
The Patriots won their second in a row after going 0-12 by edging the host St. Joseph Central Indians 1-0 Monday and improve to 2-12 overall and 2-4 in the Suburban Middle Seven.
Matt Rosebrough assisted on Christian Villa’s goal in the 69th minute, and Alex Villa made three saves for the shutout.
“I'm extremely proud of the toughness we showed tonight,” Truman coach Jared Byrne said. “The guys played a complete game, and we got a well-deserved win.”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 5, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 4: South made all give penalty kicks in the shootout to clinch its home win over a dogged Ray-Pec team after a 4-4 tie in regulation.
Jacob Gowan, Kyle Findley, Matthew Rockwell, Coby Roark and Bryce Childers booted home penalty kicks for the Jaguars, who improved to 5-1 in the Suburban Big Six and 11-5-1 overall.
“Our boys never bowed out and never played with the lead tonight,” South coach Jon Grice said. “We were always behind or tied. It was a great showing of our character and our tenacity. Ray-Pec has improved quite a bit since our first meeting, and they were everything we could handle tonight.
“I am very proud of our boys’ effort and the fact that they never gave up, even after unfortunate plays like the own goal or early defensive breakdowns. To make all five PKs is also tough to do, and our kids did a fantastic job tonight.”
Chris Alleman scored unassisted in the fourth minute to give the visiting Tigers (5-16) the early lead, and Gowan responded in the eighth off a Cameron Cook assist. Micah Beaver scored in the 14th minute for Ray-Pec, but a keeper bobble resulted in a tying goal for South’s Teddy White in the 33rd.
After a South own goal put Ray-Pec in front early in the second half, Sam Leech scored off a Rockwell assist in the 63rd. Jeffrey Dillon’s free kick goal in the 72nd gave the Tigers a late lead and Roark’s unassisted goal in the 76th ultimately forced overtime.
KICKAPOO TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs went 1-2 for sixth place at the Springfield Kickapoo Tournament over the weekend.
The Wildcats lost 2-0 to Springfield Glendale, beat Nixa 4-3 and lost 1-0 to Carthage.
Kai Miller had a goal and an assist to lead the Wildcats (6-11) past Nixa. Dylan Doss, Tarrek Alhakteeb and Ria Lefholz added goals and Mitchell Wilhoit had an assist.