Metropolitan Community College-Blue River men’s soccer coach Dave Owens thought his team made a lot of progress this season.

But that season came to a close Friday afternoon.

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River men’s soccer coach Dave Owens thought his team made a lot of progress this season.
But that season came to a close Friday afternoon when the Trail Blazers fell 3-0 to St. Louis Community College-Meramec in the Region XVI semifinals at Excelsior Springs High School.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in the three years,” Owens said after his team finished 11-6-1 with the loss. “We had four wins that first year, went 9-10 last year and now 11-6-1, so we’re headed in the right direction. And we have 15 freshmen on the team, so we have a lot coming back next year.”
Blue River, despite playing without two All-Region players, managed to keep it close, trailing just 1-0 until the 75th minute.
Owens opted to push up defender Steven Long up front to create more scoring chances, but the Trail Blazers failed to convert on those, and Justin Billmeyer scored to give Meramec a 2-0 lead.
Despite being disappointed about the loss, Owens was encouraged with his team’s play, especially with All-Region first-team pick Zane Christenson sitting out because of accumulated yellow cards and All-Region second-team choice Yacine Hamcahoui having to leave early in the game after aggravating a foot injury from the previous quarterfinal win. Christenson, a Blue Springs South graduate, and Hamchaoui, a Van Horn grad, are their top two scorers.
“We played pretty well,” Owens said. “Last year we lost to them 3-1 and it could have been 7-1. This year it was 3-0 and this time we could’ve actually won the game. We’ve scored 50 goals this year but we’re still not putting away all the chances that we could. And having two of your best players out puts you at a disadvantage too. It’s not the reason we lost because the rest of the guys played well enough to win, but it would have been nice to have them.”
Michael Brennan missed on a late one-on-one chance and Meramec answered with its final goal.