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Examiner
  • Barr, Eagles blast past Cardinals

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  • The Grain Valley girls soccer team had little trouble advancing to the semifinals of the Raytown Tournament.
    Nathalia Barr scored four goals and added two assists and Reighan Childers had two goals and three assists as the Eagles routed Raytown South 10-0 in the first-round game at Ray-South.
    “It was a good first win in the tournament,” Grain Valley coach Aleana Balistreri said.
    Barr scored a hat trick and an assist in the first 16 minutes to spark the Eagles to a 5-0 halftime lead. Hannah Eades, Sianna Aumua and Maddie Gangl each added a goal apiece and Abby Winter ended it early on the 10-goal mercy rule by converting a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
    The Eagles outshot the Cardinals 17-1 and Darby Scharfenkamp made one save for the shutout.
    On Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tournament, the Eagles defeated St. Paul Lutheran of Concordia 7-0 but fell 3-2 in a shootout to Clinton.
    Barr scored a hat trick and Hannah Eades and Morgan Clark each had a goal and an assist in the win over St. Paul. Bailey Burton also scored and Samantha Berg posted two assists.
    Barr scored in the 66th minute to send the game against Clinton into overtime. After a pair of scoreless overtimes, the Eagles fell 3-1 in the penalty kick shootout as Winters was the lone Eagle to convert.
    The Eagles led 1-0 on a Childers goal, but Clinton scored in the 33rd and 61st minutes to grab the 2-1 lead.
    LIBERTY 3, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: Liberty needed just one minute to erase South’s second-half lead, then added a goal in the 67th minute to post Monday’s Suburban Big Six win over the visiting Jaguars.
    South (5-6-1 overall, 2-3 Big Six) scored just four minutes when Sarah Smedley converted an assist from Brooke Howe. Kaitlyn Clark’s goal in the 36th for Liberty (4-8-1 overall) produced a 1-1 halftime score.
    Mollie Maupin scored in the 46th off a Nina Stine assist to give the Jaguars the lead again, but South was whistled for a foul in the penalty box a minute later, and Clark converted the penalty kick. In the 67th, the Blue Jays’ Brittany Mueller knocked in a ball that had caromed off the crossbar.
    “We just couldn’t clear it out, and there was a just a mess of humanity down there,” South coach Todd Findley said of the winning goal. “I really thought we played well. To go up 2-1 early in the second half, I really felt like we had a lot of momentum. Their attacking style of soccer creates tough situations for our defenders, and we just really couldn’t get the next opportune finish.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Megan Swanson made 11 saves in goal for South, as Liberty owned a 14-9 advantage in shots on goal.
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