Connor Wheeler struck early and late.
The junior had a goal and an assist to help the Blue Springs boys soccer team to a 4-3 Suburban Big Six win over Raymore-Peculiar in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Peve Stadium.
David Finch scored the winning goal off a Wheeler throw-in with only 20 seconds remaining to lift the host Wildcats past the Panthers. Wheeler opened the game’s scoring, drilling in a long-range shot.
A pair of seniors, Dylan Doss and Brandon Shipman, also scored to help boost the Wildcats on Senior Night.
LEE’S SUMMIT 2, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1: It may have been a loss, but Blue Springs South boys soccer coach Jon Grice was smiling.
The Jaguars fell 2-1 at Lee’s Summit but Grice was encouraged with his team’s regular-season finale Wednesday.
“We kinda took a step forward and played an outstanding game,” Grice said after his team fell to 13-9-1 overall and finished 7-3 in the Suburban Big Six, good enough for second place. “Today we kind of put our game together. I was really happy how we played and happy with how our goalkeeper, Nick Shafer, played.
“We finished second in a very strong conference, and we hadn’t done that in a while.”
Matthew Rockwell scored off a free kick in the 25th minute for the Jaguars’ lone goal to tie it 1-1 at halftime.
FORT OSAGE 1, STALEY 0: Fort Osage missed a chance to clinch the Suburban Middle Seven title Tuesday, as Staley’s Scott Taylor broke a scoreless deadlock in the 68th minute and the visiting Falcons made it stand.
The Indians (14-6 overall) fell back into a conference first-place tie with Staley (11-11), each at 9-2. Fort Osage can clinch at least a share of the title today at North Kansas City, depending on the outcome of Staley’s game today against Raytown.
“It was a back-and-forth game,” Fort Osage coach Andrew Fletcher said. “It was just a fun game, disappointing to lose, obviously. We get another chance (to clinch), though.”
OAK PARK 2, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 1: Josue Najera’s unassisted goal in the 64th tied the game, but the Northmen went back ahead in the 70th minute on their way to a Suburban Middle Seven victory Tuesday night at Staley High School.
The last several games the boys have been playing well; they just haven’t figured out how to pull the victory out,” Chrisman coach John Straub said after his team fell to 4-13 overall (1-10 conference).
Oak Park’s junior varsity claimed a 2-0 victory.