The Grain Valley girls soccer team was able to overcome a 2-1 deficit with a goal in the final 15 seconds of regulation and one in overtime to squeak out a 3-2 win against Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Pleasant Hill Thursday.
Marissa Schmitt scored a goal off a corner kick in the eighth minute for a 1-0 lead.
Pleasant Hill scored the next two, including a second one from Mackenzie Dimarco in the 74th minute to make it 2-1 late.
Maddie Knust was able to tie the game by making a free kick with 15 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Schmitt then scored her second goal in overtime off an assist from Abby Berg for the Eagles (17-3, 6-0 MRVC West).
“Tonight was a very ugly game,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said. "Both teams made some mistakes but that happens sometimes in a game that feels like a postseason game. Have to credit our effort and resilience as a team tonight. Pleasant is a very good team that is going to go deep in Class 2. This game was big in the conference race. We can clinch the title now with a win tomorrow against Oak Grove.”
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 10, RUSKIN 0: The Bears once again mercy-ruled the Eagles in a Suburban Middle Six road win Thursday.
Chrisman scored seven goals in the first half and three in the second, with the final one coming in the 47th minute to end it early.
Cassie Simpson notched a hat trick to lead the Bears (9-6, 4-4), Celeste Cummins had two and Elizabeth Eppert, Lilly Conner-Urnise, Nicole Blanchard and Katie Laughlin all had one each.
STALEY 5, FORT OSAGE 1: The Indians took a step backward in their quest to win the Suburban Middle Six in a loss to the Falcons Thursday.
Fort Osage dropped to 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference. Megan Lyon scored the lone goal for the Indians.
“Can't fault the effort at all. We played hard, but hats off to Staley. They are very, very good,” Fort Osage coach Andrew Fletcher said.
Staley took the lead in the conference with a 7-1 record.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 3, PARK HILL SOUTH 0: The Broncos had a balanced scoring attack, getting three goals from three different players in a non-conference win over the Panthers Thursday.
Alexis Mitchell, Harper Manley and Kaylie Rock each had a goal for the Broncos (14-3, 8-1). Lilli Davis and Gianna Palmentere each had an assist. Sarah Peters earned the shutout in goal.
“They played a high line that caught us offsides several times,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “We struggled to get any great chances and went into the half tied 0-0. Alexis’ second-half goal helped our team relax and we started to get more chances.”
HARRISONVILLE 6, OAK GROVE 1: The Panthers fell to 12-7 overall and 0-4 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West with a loss to the Wildcats Thursday.
Carlee Doss scored Oak Grove’s only goal.