The last time the Van Horn boys soccer team faced Lincoln Prep this season, it needed a late goal in overtime to get past the Blue Tigers.
That wasn’t the case Thursday.
Raynalso Jean-Pierre scored two goals as the Falcons blanked the host Tigers 4-0 at Bryan Field.
Van Horn, ranked seventh in the state in Class 3, scored three goals in the first half to remain undefeated at 16-0. They also beat Lincoln Prep 3-2 in the finals of the Kansas City Cup on Sept. 9.
“We got three goals against the wind in the first half, which was a very good thing,” Falcons coach Jesus Rodriguez said. “In the second half they had the wind, so we tried to possess the ball a little more. It was great to come out of here with a win. And we’ve been battling some injuries and illness, so it’s good to see we can still win with some different lineups and some guys playing in different positions.”
Favian Valenzuela put the Falcons up for good in the 20th minute when he scored his 20th goal of the season on an assist from Julio Rios.
Jean-Pierre headed in a cross from Rios in the 32nd minute, and freshman Edison Rios knocked in a rebound off an Angel DeAvila shot in the 38th for the 3-0 halftime lead.
Jean-Pierre added an insurance goal in the 70th minute on an assist from Darin Goin.
GRAIN VALLEY 2, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 1: Grain Valley overcame a tying goal on a penalty kick with just three seconds left in regulation, scoring two minutes into overtime to edge host Excelsior Springs Thursday.
“We were unlucky on a tough call with three seconds left in the game,” Eagles coach Tyler Nichol said. “Tough game and a tough week for us with three away games. Still trying to shake the injury bug. We were decent tonight but did not convert on a plethora of scoring chances and it almost came back to bite us. We have to be better in that department.”
Jack Knust scored on a direct free kick in the 10th minute to put the Eagles ahead before the Tigers tied it late.
Brandon Speigle scored two minutes into overtime on an assist from Drake Bray to lift the Eagles to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.