The Van Horn and Truman boys soccer teams took the first step in a possible Independence showdown in the finals of the Raytown South Tournament with wins on Saturday.
Van Horn rolled to a 9-2 win over Pleasant Hill, while Truman edged Blue Springs South 3-2.
Van Horn meets North Kansas City, a 3-1 winner over Blue Springs, at 5 p.m. today in one semifinal, while Truman faces host Raytown South at 7 p.m. in the other. The winners meet in the championship at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Rios brothers led the way for Van Horn in its win, combining for five goals and an assist. Sophomore Edison Rios recorded a hat trick while senior Julio Rios added two goals and an assist.
Juan Rangel, Kobe Otano, Raynalso Jean-Pierre and Tony Chavira each added a goal and returning all-stater Angel DeAvila added two assists.
“I told him to be patient,” Van Horn coach Jesus Rodriguez said of DeAvila not notching a goal in the season opener. “Teams know who he is and he will get doubled each time he is on the ball. Overall we did great. We possessed the ball well and got plenty of PT (playing time) for the freshmen.”
Truman made a 2-1 halftime lead stand up in its win over Blue Springs South.
Andre Guzman and Korby Ring each scored in the first half to give Truman the lead.
Raul Romero scored in the 59th minute to extend Truman’s lead to 3-1. Bryce Millican scored his second goal in the 77th minute to cut South’s deficit to 3-2 but Truman hung on for the win.
In other first round action Saturday, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic (0-1) fell 5-0 to Raytown South.
Blue Springs bounced back from Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Northtown to dominate Pleasant Hill 7-0 in a consolation game Monday night. Jake Williams earned the shutout in goal. Carlos Llamas, Adam Fenci and Muhammad Refaat scored two goals apiece and Logan Bradley added a goal to lead the Wildcats (1-1).
HARRISONVILLE INVITATIONAL: Grain Valley got off to a 1-0-1 start in the round-robin Harrisonville Invitational.
The Eagles played host Harrisonville to a scoreless tie Monday night as Bryant Madden made six saves to earn his second shutout in as many games this season.
“Hard fought game today in the heat,” Eagles coach Tyler Nichol said of Monday’s draw. “We lost a couple players to injuries this week, but I am very proud of the effort the guys put in today. That is a very strong Harrisonville side that was a final four team a year ago and will compete to do the same this year. We still need to improve our touch and decision making in the final third, but something to build on for sure.”
With a win against Liberty North at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Grain Valley can win the tourney title. Liberty North beat Harrisonville 4-2 Saturday.
Grain Valley routed Frontier STEM Academy 7-0 in Saturday’s opener. Nate Booker and freshman Micah Siems each scored two goals to power the Eagles. Jack Knust added a goal and three assists. J.R. Brown and Alex Engram also scored and Siems added an assist along with Joe Prall and Pierson Jaynes.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 7, STALEY 1: Kyle Rock had a hat trick and an assist as Lee’s Summit North opened its season and the Liberty Tournament.
The Broncos led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Ben Godsey but exploded for six second-half tallies.
“It was a strong showing, especially in the second half for our team,” Broncos coach Ryan Kelley said. “The boys defended well as a team and eventually found the back of the net with their chances. We were creating opportunities the entire match, it just took time to finish.”
Parker Allen, AB Falah and Blake Landaverry also added goals and Allen, Liam Frank, Tristin Higdon and Matthew Hopkins had assists for North (1-0), which meets Smithville at 5 p.m. Wednesday in its final pool play match.