The Grain Valley boys soccer team couldn’t hold on to the lead Thursday, but it did hold on for a title.
Grain Valley battled Liberty North to a 1-1 deadlock in the final game of the Harrisonville Tournament but captured the title with more points.
Grain Valley had two wins and a tie for seven points, while Liberty North had a win and two ties for five points.
“I thought we played very well tonight and overall this week,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said. “We dictated possession for about 60 minutes against a very good Liberty North side. Joe Prall and Nathan Manning were outstanding in the back. We were very unlucky to give up the tying goal right at the end, but we still need to take a little more pride defending set pieces.”
Jack Knust scored on a Micah Siems assist in the 60th minute to put Grain Valley ahead, but Liberty North tied it in the 76th minute.
OAK GROVE 3, MARSHALL 0: Gael Perez scored a hat trick to lead Oak Grove to a home win Thursday.
Hagan Dyer recorded the shutout in goal as the Panthers improved to 2-3 overall.
LINCOLN COLLEGE PREP 3, FORT OSAGE 1: The Indians fell to 1-2 on the season after a loss to the Tigers in the third-place game of the Winnetonka Tournament Thursday at Staley High School.
Lucca Smith scored the Indians’ lone goal and Justin Epperson had the assist.
LIBERTY 2, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 1: Lee’s Summit North boys soccer coach said he knew it was going to take a championship effort to win their last game of the Liberty Tournament.
That effort wasn’t enough in a loss to the Blue Jays Thursday.
Liberty took the lead in the first half, but North tied it with about 24 minutes left when Liam Frank punched in a rebound of the Blue Jay keeper. Liberty scored late in the first half to take the lead for good.
“On the night we played hard and matched the intensity of Liberty,” Kelley said. “We challenged well in the midfield and our backs were strong in the air. There were multiple positives in the night despite being on the short end of the scoreboard.”
On Tuesday, the Broncos got two goals each from Frank and Carson Wilcox to earn a 4-2 victory over Bishop Miege (Kan.).
Parker Allen led the Broncos (1-1-1) with two assists and Jost Vega and Tyler Dailey each added one against the three-time defending Kansas Class 4A champions.