Raena Childers leads Eagles to eighth straight district title
Raena Childers added four more goals to her collection and the Grain Valley girls soccer team added another district title.
Childers, a senior midfielder, pushed her goals total to 106 for her career to lead the host Eagles to a 5-0 win over Fort Osage in the Class 3 District 14 championship game Wednesday night.
Childers scored both goals to give Grain Valley a 2-0 halftime lead and send the Eagles to their eighth straight district title.
“Thought we played very well tonight,” Grain Valley coach Tyler Nichol said after his team improved to 19-2-1 and advanced to a Class 3 sectional playoff Tuesday. “Congrats to Mike (Brown) and Fort on a good season. They made it difficult tonight and their keeper (Kylee Gorbet) played great.
“For us we wanted to focus on the speed of our ball movement and fine-tuning our passing. We definitely got better tonight and are excited to move on to the next round.”
The Eagles will travel to face District 13 champion Camdenton at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Childers, who has signed with Kansas, knocked in a corner kick from Annabelle Totta in the 10th minute to give Grain Valley the only goal it needed.
In the 25th minute, Rian Handy booted a strong kick from 25 yards out but Gorbet made the save. Childers corralled the rebound and knocked it in to make it 2-0.
Totta set up Emma Thiessen for a goal early in the second half. Totta beat a defender to the left corner and sent a cross to Thiessen, who booted it in.
Thiessen then set up Childers on the final two goals. Childers booted in a shot from 25 yards out in the 46th minute and then scored on a give-and-go with Thiessen in the 61st minute.
“Our girls played extremely hard tonight,” Fort Osage coach Michael Brown said after his team concluded a 12-9 season. “Although the result didn't go our way, we worked hard for all 80 minutes. We had some chances and were a bit unlucky not to convert them. We're so proud of the girls and we wish Grain Valley luck moving forward in sectionals.”
OAK GROVE 8, KIRKSVILLE 0: Oak Grove advanced to Friday’s Class 2 District 5 championship with a rout of Kirksville in a semifinal Wednesday at Oak Grove’s Panther Stadium.
Jordan Hall tallied five of those goals as the Panthers advanced to meet Columbia Father Tolton Catholic in the title game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Annika Holtorf added two goals and Meredith Forthofer also scored as Oak Grove improved to 19-2.