Oak Grove is a unique place to watch a soccer game – where else can Larry the cable guy impersonators be heard encouraging their team to “Get ’er done!”
On April 29, the only team getting it done was the Harrisonville Wildcats as they easily defeated the Panthers 7-1 in a Missouri River Valley Conference West match.
The Wildcats didn’t waste anytime establishing the lead. It only took 12 seconds for Harrisonville’s Lexie Schrock to put the ball into the back of the net giving Harrisonville an early 1 -0 advantage.
“We have been trying to emphasize an attacking mentality,” Harrisonville coach Dan Coleman said. “Right off the whistle Eleanor Dick dribble penetrated, then passed the ball to Lexie Schrock who found the back of the net. It was pretty much perfect.”
Oak Grove kept its composure and with 16:03 left in the first half tied the game at 1-1 with a Sarah Sperry goal.
“Coach (Michael) Brown does a good job of keeping his team organized,” Coleman said. “Defensively they are very tough and I knew that would be the case tonight.”
Bethany Travis put the Wildcats ahead for good 2 -1 at the 6:47 mark in the first half.
“I received a pass from my teammate Kerinne Murry, then I touched it in front of the defender and took the shot,” Travis said of the go-ahead goal.
It looked as if Harrisonville would go into halftime with a one-goal lead until Wildcat Haley Parker scored with just 22 seconds left in the first half. Even though the Wildcats already had a good lead, Coleman said the timing made the goal an important one.
“Scoring a goal late like that creates momentum, builds confidence,” Coleman said.
Just six minutes into the second half Travis added her second goal of the game. She was able to get behind Oak Grove’s goalie and score Harrisonville’s fourth goal of the night.
“It was a cross play in the center of the goal,” Travis said. “The defender, goalie and I went for the ball. I bodied up to the defender, then the ball slipped out of the goalie’s hands. I was able to hop over the goalie and finish the play.
“When the ball went behind the goalie I was just thinking, ‘Don’t screw up.’ I just wanted to get the ball in there.”
The Wildcats would add three more goals before boarding the bus home with an overall record of 10 -7-1, and a perfect 4 -0 in the conference standings.