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Examiner
  • Jaguars romp past Blue Jays

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  • Blue Springs South’s soccer team poured on four second-half goals, two of them from Sam Leech, to post a 5-0 Suburban Big Six win over Liberty and complete a conference sweep of the Blue Jays.
    Bryce Childers’ header off a Ryan Poertner throw-in in the 23rd minute staked South (13-6-1, 7-1 Big Six) to a 1-0 halftime lead.
    Kyle Findley scored unassisted in the 52nd minute, and Jacob Gowan converted a Leech assist 10 minutes later for a 3-0 lead. Leech scored in the 70th and 75th minutes off two more Poertner throw-ins, the last one coming on a header.
    “Great win for us,” South coach Jon Grice said. “We were fortunate early to have a couple looks they didn’t convert. After the half we went back to what we do best – passed to feet kept moving forward, and we got back into the habit of capitalizing on Ryan’s throw-ins.”
    Nick Shafer made five saves in goal to post the shutout, dropping Liberty to 10-9.
    “It’s the first I can remember us sweeping Liberty in conference play,” Grice said.
    Liberty’s junior varsity managed a 1-0 win.
    VAN HORN 6, OAK GROVE 0: Mike Payne scored two goals as the Falcons raised their record to .500 at 9-9-1 with Wednesday’s victory.
    Avi Lopez, Max Torres, Angel Delgado and Carlos Cubes added one goal each, and Lopez also had two assists as the Falcons recorded their fourth victory in their last five games.
    “We need to continue to build momentum as we go toward districts,” Van Horn coach Greg Millick said. “We are playing real good soccer right now.”

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