One goal was enough for host Truman in the Class 3 District 14 boys soccer tournament.
Christian Villa scored on an Amilcar Hernandez assist in the 77th minute to produce Truman’s 1-0 first-round victory over Raytown Tuesday night.
“It was a big win for us tonight,” Truman coach Jared Byrne said. “We didn’t execute anything in the first half but put it all together in the second. Raytown had some great chances, but fortunately for us they didn’t work out.
“We were able to put some combinations together, and sure enough we scored a beautiful late goal. We have a tough task tomorrow, but I don’t doubt my guys will be ready for it.”
Alex Villa made nine saves for the shutout as Truman improved to 5-16.
Truman faces Suburban Big Six champion Lee’s Summit North (17-3-1) at 5 p.m. today. The other semifinal pairs Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit at 7.
COLUMBIA HICKMAN 1, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 0: A 13-11-1 South season ended in the loss to Hickman in the Class 3 District 9 tournament Tuesday night in Columbia.
Jaguars coach Jon Grice said the tough defeat was of no fault to his players’ efforts.
“We just couldn’t get the ball to bounce our way,” Grice said. “I’m so proud of these boys and their outstanding effort and character all season. It’s been a pleasure coaching them this year, and while we didn’t get the result we deserved tonight, we had a great season and a quality conference record and finish in the (Suburban) Big Six standings.
“The end of every season is tough unless you’re one of the three state champs, but this one stings a little more.”
WARRENSBURG 1, GRAIN VALLEY 0: The Eagles finished 16-4 after falling in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 13 tournament at Harrisonville.
Warrensburg, which advances with a 17-5-1 record, scored the game’s lone goal on a penalty kick five minutes into the second half.
“Soccer can be unforgiving,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said. “Everything was there tonight except the final score. One bad bounce and your season is over. Give credit to them for converting.
“It was an incredible year for us that we look to build upon in the future. The seniors set a high standard that the rest of the underclassmen want to raise every year. There is something special here.”