Prep soccer roundup: Truman clinches share of conference title

By The Examiner staff

Truman coach Manny Tovar told his team prior to Tuesday’s game against Belton that the last conference title the Patriots won in soccer came in 2003.

The Patriots proceeded to blank the visiting Pirates 1-0 to clinch at least a share of the Suburban Middle Six title.

Josue Ramirez scored the only goal Truman needed and Francisco Bonilla recorded the shutout.

“Winning conference means a lot to this team,” Tovar said after his team improved to 9-7 overall and 7-2 in the conference. “We knew starting out that we could compete for a conference championship and we finished strong.

“Out of the last 11 games we went 8-3 with two of those losses being against conference teams. We talked as a group that the last time Truman has won a conference title was back in 2003. The team was motivated and we played well against a good Belton team.”

The Patriots, who have won five straight – including the last three by shutout – can clinch the outright title with a win at Grain Valley Thursday.

The Patriots then meet Fort Osage at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Class 4 District 14 semifinals at Rockhurst High School.

GRAIN VALLEY 2, FORT OSAGE 1: Grain Valley outscored host Fort Osage 5-3 in a penalty kick shootout to claim a Suburban Middle Six win Tuesday.

Fort Osage grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by Lucca Smith, but Kade Compton tied it with about 20 minutes left in regulation when he headed in a pass.

After two scoreless overtimes, Alex Engram, Austin Schmidt, Owen White, Micah Siems and Gage Levell converted all five chances for Grain Valley (6-11, 4-4 Middle Six) while goalkeeper Ryan Lampe made two saves.

“We played pretty well controlling the possession. Fort Osage defended well and packed it in making it hard for us to break them down and create opportunities in the final third,” Eagles coach Brett Lewis said. “Our defense played well for the most part trying to mitigate the speed and attack of Fort Osage and Lucca Smith, but did allow him to get behind a couple of times. We're feeling confident heading into the final regular season contest Thursday night hoping to be very competitive against a good Truman team.”

Fort Osage, which dropped to 5-13 overall and 2-7 in the conference, faces Truman at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rockhurst in the Class 4 District 14 semifinals. Grain Valley meets St. Paul Lutheran of Concordia in the Class 3 District 8 semifinals at 7 p.m. Monday at Clover Dell Park in Sedalia.

VAN HORN 4, LINCOLN PREP 2: Kobe Otano scored two goals as Van Horn finished its regular season with a non-conference home win over Lincoln Prep Tuesday.

Diego Coronado and Edison Rios also scored for the Falcons, who head into district play next week with a 17-4 record and five straight wins.

Van Horn meets Raytown South at 7 p.m. Monday in the Class 3 District 14 semifinals at William Chrisman High School.

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2, LIBERTY 1: Blue Springs South extended its winning streak to six games with its third straight overtime victory.

Homer Skidmore scored in the 88th minute to lift the Jaguars to the overtime victory over the host Blue Jays Wednesday night.

Liberty took a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal in the 22nd minute, but Jacksyn McIntyre tied it with a penalty kick with about one minute left in regulation.

Skidmore then scored on an assist from Dylan Prater about eight minutes into overtime to boost the Jaguars to 11-8 overall and 9-4 in the Suburban Big Eight.

The Jaguars conclude regular season and conference play with a game at Blue Springs Thursday before facing Columbia Hickman at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Class 4 District 9 semifinals at Hickman.