The Blue Springs boys soccer team is quickly putting last year’s 0-19 record behind it.
Carlos Llamas scored on a free kick in overtime to lift the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory over host Raytown Tuesday night.
The Wildcats improved to 2-2.
Adam Fencl and Muhammad ReFaat scored in the first half to give Blue Springs a 2-1 lead, before the Blue Jays scored in the second half to send it into overtime.
Matthew Martinez scored four goals to lead the Blue Springs junior varsity to a season-opening 5-0 win over the Blue Jays.
PEMBROKE HILL 5, VAN HORN 4: Early injuries and some defensive lapses doomed Van Horn in the opener of the Pembroke Hill Tournament Tuesday.
Angel DeAvila and Edison Rios went down with injuries early, and Pembroke Hill capitalized with two goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half for a 2-0 lead.
“We were very dominating the first half creating chances for us. The moment DeAvila and Edison both went out of the game at the same time due to minor injuries, the momentum changed,” Van Horn coach Jesus Rodriguez said.
DeAvila returned in the second half and scored an unassisted goal in the 41st minute to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Falcons added three more second-half goals to tie it. DeAvila scored off a Raynalso Jean-Pierre assist in the 55th minute, and Juan Rangel scored off a Jean-Pierre assist again five minutes later.
Rangel was fouled in the box and Julio Rios converted the penalty kick to tie it in the 74th minute, but Pembroke Hill got the game-winner just 45 seconds later.
“It was pretty frustrating that we played defense horrible as a team,” Rodriguez said. “We kept coming back but defensively we were poor. Mainly because our guys did not drop to defend and Pembroke got us in two-on-one or three-on-two situations. … We have not let in five goals in a single game in over 40 games.”
OAK GROVE 5, NORTHLAND CHRISTIAN 0: Gael Perez scored a hat trick to lead Oak Grove to a win over Northland Christian in the first game of the Oak Grove Panther Cup Wednesday.
The Panthers raced to a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to improving to 2-2 overall.
Drake Mahurin and Isaiah Weathers each added a goal for Oak Grove.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 5, FORT OSAGE 1: Fort Osage dropped to 2-2 overall with a loss to host Ray-Pec Tuesday.
Jake Lammering scored the lone goal for the Indians.