It’s probably safe to say that the Truman boys soccer team is enjoying the last half of the season better than the first.

It’s probably safe to say that the Truman boys soccer team is enjoying the last half of the season better than the first.
Cameron Wallace, helping to pick up the scoring slack caused by an injury to star forward Chris Lear, scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Patriots to a 5-0 drubbing of visiting Raytown South Tuesday night.
The non-conference victory was the 10th in the last 14 games for the Patriots, who improved to 10-12-1 after an 0-8-1 start.
“We’re playing real well lately and played really well again today,” Truman coach Bryan Schmitt said of his team’s second victory in as many days this week. “We were a little sloppy in the beginning, but we settled down and moved the ball around well. Once we started playing our game, we did well.
“And Cam played a really good game.”
Wallace assisted on Josh Felz’s goal in the opening minute. After a goal by Mike Roberts made it 2-0 at halftime, Wallace scored his two goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half to put it out of reach.
Cody Pardee added the final goal. Goalkeeper Robert Mangold had to make just one save to record the shutout.
Truman’s junior varsity won 1-0.
STALEY 1, FORT OSAGE 0 (2OT, SHOOTOUT): It took a penalty kick shootout to decide a defensive battle between Staley and Fort Osage that went scoreless through regulation and two overtimes.
In the end Staley prevailed, outscoring Fort Osage 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout. The loss dropped Fort Osage to 8-12 on the season, but head coach Andrew Fletcher was left to marvel at his defense and goal keeper Hunter Hickey, who had 15 saves.
“Defensively we were really good,” Fletcher said. “Staley dominated possession and had a lot of opportunities to score but Hunter Hickey was outstanding.”
Staley’s junior varsity beat Fort Osage 4-0.
LEE’S SUMMIT 3, BLUE SPRINGS 0: After a scoreless first half, Lee’s Summit took control, netting three goals in the last 30 minutes of the game.
Travis Ruble, Cory Gaunt and Laith Alabidi all scored for the Tigers.
“Lee’s Summit played really well tonight,” Blue Springs head coach Mike Palermo said, adding the Wildcats have been battling injuries all season and suffered from a lack of depth against the Tigers. “We’re struggling to get everybody back healthy, but hats off to Lee’s Summit. They played a great game.”
Lee’s Summit dominated junior varsity action, beating Blue Springs 7-0.
OAK GROVE 2, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 1: The back and forth between bitter Missouri River Valley Conference West Division foes continued on Tuesday.
Eric Barker’s second goal of the game in the 47th minute was the deciding factor in another close game that has become common between the two opponents.
“I (said) earlier this year that these are two evenly matched teams,” Panthers head coach Ben Thomason said. “Every time we play each other, the games come right down to the wire. It was great seeing to two teams so evenly matched get together for a great game right before districts.”
With the win, Oak Grove improved to 11-10 overall and 3-3 in the MRVC West.
Oak Grove’s junior varsity also won 2-1 against Excelsior Springs.