The first Missouri Soccer Coaches Association state poll came out Thursday, with Van Horn ranked No. 8 in Class 3.
The Falcons went out and backed that up with a 7-1 dismantling of a good Lincoln Prep team in the semifinals of the Kansas City Cup at Van Horn High School.
Six different Falcons scored and they capitalized on an own goal by the Blue Tigers to advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship game against Our Lady of Guadalupe School.
“We played an absolute great game. I told the boys the when the rankings came out today to ignore that,” Falcons coach Jesus Rodriguez said. “I did not want that to get into our head prior to the final. We came out and dominated a state finalist. Regardless of the score, Lincoln is very good. If we didn't play with the intensity we did, we would of been in trouble.”
Julio Rios led the way with a goal and two assists. The Falcons struck three times in a two-minute span in the first half. Raynalso Jean-Pierre scored on a Rios assist in the 22nd minute, followed quickly by the own goal. Angel DeAvila scored on an assist from Rios in the 24th minute.
Kobe Otano scored in the 41st minute, Rios scored on a penalty kick. Danilo Anaya (Edison Rios assist) and Erick Lopez (Joxel Figueroa assist) added late goals.
“We looked really good,” Rodriguez said. “I been preaching I wanted to play more Van Horn soccer, which is posses to attack and create chances with synched player runs. We had been playing to direct. Today we definitely excelled on that part of the game.”
In Wednesday’s 9-1 win over Kansas City Lutheran, Jorge Venegas and Edison Rios each scored two goals to lead Van Horn to a convincing win over Lutheran in the final pool play game of the Kansas City Cup Wednesday.
The Falcons advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Lincoln Prep.
“It was a night for our underclassmen,” Rodriguez said. “We felt they did a tremendous job. We were pleased to see what the future holds for us. Six out of the nine goals were scored either by a ninth or 10th grader. We were already through to the semis, so it was a great time to give those guys some extra minutes.”
DeAvila, who played limited minutes, added a goal and an assist along with Jean-Pierre and Diego Coronado. Otano and Julio Rios also scored goals, and Anaya had two assists for the Falcons (6-1), who outshot the Knights 21-1, including 15-1 on goal.
FORT OSAGE 2, OAK PARK 1: Senior forward Jake Lammering continues to power the Fort Osage offense.
He had two goals with the last one coming in the 61st minute in a win over Suburban Middle Seven foe Oak Park Thursday.
He scored his first goal in the seventh minute for the Indians (3-4, 0-2 conference) and Oak Park tied it in the 14th minute.
KEARNEY 1, GRAIN VALLEY 0: Grain Valley couldn’t get their offense going in a Suburban Small Seven loss to the Bulldogs Thursday.
Kearney held an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal and scored its only goal in the 18th minute.
“Very even game tonight in which I thought our kids competed very hard. Set pieces are a very influential part of the game, and that’s what beat us again tonight,” said Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol, whose team fell to 2-3-1 overall and 1-2 in league play. “ Kearney’s goal came off a free kick that was taken quickly because we weren’t ready and deflected off a player on the way into the goal. It was a mental error from us that we will look to improve in the future. Outside of that, we played fairly well.”
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 2, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1: Blue Springs South, despite playing eight games in 14 days, gave Lee’s Summit West a battle Wednesday before falling.
John Hurley scored in the first half on an assist from Brett Vaughn to give the Jaguars (4-4) went into halftime tied 1-1. The TItans broke the tie with a second-half goal.
“The boys battled but just couldn't find the back of the net to equalize,” Jaguars coach Jon Grice said. “We're going to get some much deserved time off to recover and regroup after the past two weeks. Our legs were heavy and we now get some time to recover and regroup.”
NORTH KANSAS CITY 2, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: The Bears had five shots on goal but couldn’t put one in the back of the net during a loss to the Hornets in a Suburban Middle Seven Conference matchup.
The Bears fell to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.