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Prep soccer roundup: Chrisman blanks Pirates, grabs conference lead

By The Examiner staff

A goal in each half has put the William Chrisman boys soccer team into the Suburban Middle Six lead.

The Bears defeated visiting Belton 2-0 Tuesday to take over first place in the conference at 4-1 while improving to 8-6 overall.

Legend Spencer scored in the 22nd minute to give the Bears a 1-0 halftime lead.

Ali Fataki scored about two minutes into the second half and goalkeeper Javier Merino recorded his third straight shutout for the Bears, who have won three straight.

“Big conference win over a really good Belton team,” Chrisman coach Justin Schmidt said. “Defenders and Javier Merino shine again.”

TRUMAN 3, GRAIN VALLEY 1: Truman improved to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the Suburban Middle Six with a victory over Grain Valley Tuesday.

DeAnjalo Holman scored in the first half to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Christopher Alessio and Esteban Herrera added second-half goals as Truman dropped Grain Valley to 4-9 and 2-2.

BLUE SPRINGS 2, PARK HILL 0: Blue Springs scored two goals in the second half to claim a Suburban Big Eight road win over Park Hill Wednesday at Park Hill South High School.

Garrett Alsup capitalized on a turnover to score the first goal. Alsup then assisted on a goal by Matthew Martinez to add insurance.

Camden Jackson earned the shutout as the Wildcats improved to 8-8 overall and 3-7 in the conference.

The Blue Springs junior varsity claimed a 1-0 win.

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 0: A second-half goal was all Blue Springs South needed to record a third straight victory in a Suburban Big Eight win over visiting Ray-Pec Wednesday.

Homer Skidmore scored an unassisted goal in the 63rd minute to break the scoreless tie.

Goalkeeper Joey Lorek recorded the shutout for the Jaguars (8-8, 6-4 Big Eight).

FORT OSAGE 1, RAYTOWN 0: Xander Shepherd’s goal stood up as host Fort Osage topped Raytown for a Suburban Middle Six win Tuesday.

“A great conference win tonight. I saw the team I always knew we could be. Such a fun team to watch when we play right,” Fort Osage coach RaDel Hinckley said.

The Indians improved to 5-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference while Raytown dropped to 2-9 and 0-4.

LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 1, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 0: Lee’s Summit West scored off a corner kick in the second half and held off visiting Lee’s Summit North for a Suburban Big Eight win Wednesday.

The West goalkeeper denied a late change by Jose Vega and preserved the win that dropped the Broncos to 6-6 and 6-4.

“Our focus on the evening was to play aggressive and to look to attack tonight,” North coach Ryan Kelley said. “We came out and did this at the start. ... However, Lee’s Summit West was able to slowly turn the momentum of the match and late through the first half they got us locked in our defensive half and kept us there.”

HARRISONVILLE 3, OAK GROVE 0: Oak Grove failed to muster any offense and fell to 3-10 overall and 1-3 in the Missouri River Valley Conference with a shutout loss to visiting Harrisonville Tuesday.