The Ozark Varsity team headed to Rolla HS for the annual Invitational Tournament Friday September 27th for a weekend of soccer. The tournament boasts some of the states top teams in soccer. Ozark will face Southern Boone County, the top ranked Class 1A team, Friday night.
In the final match of the Rolla Invitational, the Ozark Tigers put another match in the win column over the newer Battle HS of Columbia Missouri. The tigers came out strong, considering they had played 4 games in as many days, earning 5 on goal shots in the first 5 minutes of the match. The Tiger midfield controlled most of the first half but struggled to find the back of the net. The Battle GK recorded seven saves before the Tigers got the go ahead goal in the 38th minute after Sophomore Xavier Thomas recorded his first point of the season from a glancing header off a cross from Junior Alex Bauer. The half ended with the Tigers in control at 1-0.
The second half started strong for the Tigers, with 7 shots on goal within the first 8 minutes. At the 50th minute, Sophomore Mason Shelor found the net off a well placed left footer, which was bobbled just above the Battle GK hands before falling into the net. The Tigers continued to maintain possession through the half while the defensive line held Battle scoreless for the match. The match ended with Ozark limiting the on goal opportunities to 6 on goal attempts in 80 minutes, while earning their 3rd shut out of the season with the 2-0 victory.
Saturday morning saw the Ozark Tigers again facing a potential state contender, Rolla HS, in the second match of the Rolla Invitational. Rolla, who returned several outstanding members from last years quarterfinals team, also appear to be one of the areas more athletic teams. The Tigers again showed they have the potential to play with a quality opponent, while pressuring the Bulldogs defense with several early attempts on goal. At the 15th minute mark, Rolla’s size and athletic ability began to break down the Tiger midfield. Rolla recorded multiple attempts on goal before netting the first goal of the match in the 17th minute off an excellent header from a free kick. Wasting little time, in the 19th minute, the Rolla forwards again pressed through the Ozark defense to take the Bulldogs to 2-0. Ozark continued to create some offensive opportunity, although the sizable Rolla defensive backs and courageous GK seemed to continue to stifle the offensive push. The Tigers ended the first half strong with 3 shots on goal, ending the half behind 3-0.
The second half was much the same, with Rolla controlling much of the possession. The intensity and speed of play earned goals in the 46th and 48th minute to start the half to take the Bulldogs to a 5-0 lead. Ozark, after letting several younger players gain some invaluable experience against a quality opponent, was able to get a few more looks on goal before the match ended with Rolla taking the match at 5-0.
On Friday night, the Ozark Tigers faced Class 1 power, Southern Boone County, to kick off the Annual Rolla Invitational Tournament. The Tournament, hosted by Rolla HS, boasts some the areas strongest state championship contenders. Southern Boone, who lost narrowly to Springfield Catholic in the 2012 Class 1A championship game, returned much of the talent from the finalist team. The Tigers, who continue to show significant development on the pitch, equaled the play of SoBoCo through the first 20 minutes of the first half. Although Boone was able to generate more offensive production from their top quality strikers, the Ozark defensive back line held strong in disrupting opportunities, while Senior GK kept the goal sheet clean. In the 9th minute of play the speed of the Boone forwards provided the go ahead goal after getting behind Junior defensive back Alex Bauer. Sophomore Jared Estrada had 2 point black opportunities in the 10th minute of play, only to be stopped short by the experienced Boone GK. After approximately 20 minutes of play, the Tigers ability to retain some control in the game waned. Boone continued to press the Ozark defensive back when in the 29th minute, Sophomore center defensive back Bailey Williams was called for a marginal foul in the box. The official granted Boone the penalty kick, which they netted to take the lead to 2-0. In the final minutes of the half, Williams sent a ball wide with a great attempt from a Sam Gunnels corner kick.
The second half proved difficult for the Tigers, as the toll of the 2 hr bus tripped slowed the play. Boone continued to press the Tigers into the backfield, where the earned the 3rd goal of the match in the 48th minute. Ozark struggled to regain composure of the midfield due the athletic play of the Boone squad. Boone managed to secure 2 additional points at the 49th and 75th minute. The game ended with the Class 1A team earning a 5-0 victory.
The Ozark Tigers recorded their second shut out of the season on Thursday September 26th vs the Webb City Cardinals. The Tigers started the match strong, retaining most of the possession of the first half. Coming off a hard fought loss on the road to rival Carthage, the Tigers wasted little time in testing the Cardinals defense and keeper. Recording 3 unanswered opportunities within the first 20 minutes of the match, Junior center midfielder Hunter Wallace put the Tigers on the board in the 35th minute with Sophomore forward Mason Shelor grabbing the assist. Less than 2 minutes later, Wallace would return the favor in assisting Shelor for the 2nd goal of the match in the 37th minute. The Tigers ended the half with confidence and the score at 2-0.
The second half proved much of the same as the first, with the Cardinal defense spending much of the match in the defensive 3rd of the field. In the 45th minute, Wallace again proved his presence of the midfield, sending Senior Jorge Diaz de Mera through for the 3rd goal of the match. Junior defensive back Alex Bauer lead the offensive drive in the 51st minute, finding Wallace with a long through ball to make the match 4-0, and gave Wallace the first hat trick of his season. The second half possession was again controlled by the Tigers and the defensive back proved too much for the cardinals. Senior Ross Ruhman, Junior Alex Bauer and Sophomore center back Bailey Williams, held the cardinals to a single shot in the second half, and just 3 opportunities on goal for the 80 minutes. The game ended with the Tigers up 4-0, following several more Wallace on goal attempts.
The Ozark Tigers took to the road this week to face last years state contender, Carthage HS. Carthage, returning several underclassmen in their State Semifinals squad, continues to dominate as one of the areas most technical teams. The younger, less experienced Ozark Varsity team showed they are force in the area as well, limiting the Western Missouri Tiger squad to only 1 shot on goal in the first 30 minutes of play. Carthage dominated the possession early in the match by displaying some of the best technical soccer in this area. The Ozark Tiger defense was interagal in limiting the possession for Carthage in the defensive 3rd of the field. Senior Captain Ross Ruhman, Junior Alex Bauer, and Sophomore Bailey Williams continued to make things difficult for the Carthage forwards. Late in the first half, Carthage got the go ahead point after Senior Captain GK, Hunter Earnest, left the box to foil a shallow through ball. The Carthage forward managed to get through the 50/50 ball. Following a great tackle by Ruhman in the box, unluckily, the ball popped out behind the Ozark backfield, where the first point of the game went to Carthage in the 33rd minute. Wasting little time, the recovering Ozark defense came up short in the box to give Carthage a 2-0 lead at the end of the half.
The second half opened with the Ozark squad continuing to make things difficult for Carthage offense. Ozark managed to equal opportunities in the second half, testing the Carthage GK with 2 on goal attempts by Senior Than Poivre and Sophomore Jared Estrada. In the 59th minute, Carthage took the lead to 3-0 following a great initial save from Senior GK Hunter Earnest, which deflected to the encroaching Carthage forwards, just outside the reach of chasing back Bailey Williams. Ozark, despite being down, continued to pressure the Carthage backfield throughout the second half. Sophomore forward, Mason Shelor, put the Tigers on the board in the 78th minute with a goal assisted by Senior midfielder Jorge Diaz de Mera. In the final minutes of the match, center back Bailey Williams chased down a deep through ball to the Carthage forward. Williams’ tackle fell just short as the ball was placed beyond the hands of the Ozark Keeper to end the match with a 4-1 loss. The Tiger’s coaching squad, despite the final score falling the other way, was pleased with the effort and play of the younger, less experienced Ozark squad. The Ozark squad continues to show the ability to compete with some of the best teams in the area, and are looking to build on the positive aspects they continue demonstrate as the season has progressed.
The Ozark Tigers, looking to rebuild from a tough loss to Kickapoo HS the previous night, took little time to regain composure Friday September 20, 2013. Ozark came out strong, dominating the west town Tigers with dominating control of the midfield. Opening scoring in the 5th minute, Junior Hunter Wallace found the net off a brilliant through ball from Junior defensive back, Alex Bauer. With Republic struggling to find a rhythm, Ozark wasted little time in extending the lead. In the 12th minute, Bauer connected with Senior Captain Sam Gunnels to put Ozark up 2-0. Republic struggled to retain much possession through the first half while the Ozark defensive back provided too much for the fellow Tigers. Led by Sophomore center back Bailey Williams and outside backs Senior Ross Ruhman and Bauer, the Republic attack was stifled by the Ozark defense with no recorded shots on goal for the half. Junior center midfielder Hunter Wallace again found the net in the 41st minute in an unassisted effort from deflected Bailey Williams header. The first half ended with Ozark sitting on a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The second half began with an energized Republic squad that limited the ability of the Ozark offense to find the opportunities in the opening minutes of the half. In the 55th minute, Republic found the net, in their first on goal opportunity of the game, to take the game to 3-1. The second half continued with Republic continuing to increase the pressure on Ozark’s offensive third. Several on goal attempts from Senior Than Poivre and Bauer were stopped short by the Republic goal keeper. Ozark continued to press the tigers in the waning minutes of the second half. Sophomore Bailey Williams continued to dominate the Tigers in the air, having 3 on goal header attempts from corner kicks, all which were deflected at the last minute by the packed republic defensive backs. The game ended with a 3-1 victory for Ozark
The 6th, 7th & 8th grade Boys Ozark Soccer Teams will be recognized at 1/2 time of the Varsity Soccer Match tonight. Come see what your future Soccer Tigers look like! Ozark High School Soccer hosts the Republic Tigers tonight at Home @ the OHS Tiger Stadium. JV starts at 5:00, Varsity will follow at 6:30.
The Ozark Tigers faced Springfield’s Kickapoo HS tonight at Tigers Stadium in what began as a competitive tug a war between two of the areas top teams. The Tigers started the match strong, equally matching the skilled Chiefs in possession and intensity. The Tigers, coming off a lack luster performance in Tuesdays loss to Willard, proved their abilities to play with the areas best opponents. After making several formation and defensive adjustments to start the match, the first half remained scoreless. The Chiefs athleticism was apparent in the central midfield, where possession for the tigers was difficult to retain. Both sides created opportunity in the offensive third, with the Chiefs slightly edging the Tigers in shots on goal. Senior Goalkeeper, Hunter Earnest, came up with several great saves in first half, which ended at 0-0.
The second half saw the Chiefs gain an early goal, in the 46 minute, with a through ball played down the left side. Deep in the Tigers box, a well place cross was connected at the far post by the outside forward. Down 1-0, the Tigers struggled to regain their composure under the Chiefs pressure. A defensive foul at the top of the box in the 53rd minute against the Tigers resulted in a quickly taken free kick which went just past Earnest’s outstretched hands, giving Kickapoo a 2-0 lead. The experienced Kickapoo squad never looked back, generating several unanswered opportunities to take the lead to 5-0. The Tiger defense managed to limit the Chiefs on several opportunites throughout the match, with excellent efforts from Senior Ross Ruhman, Junior Alex Bauer, and Sophomore Bailey Williams, but the Chiefs presence in the midfield throughout the second half proved too much as Kickapoo ended with a 6-0 victory.
The Tigers will face Republic HS tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium, and will be looking to avenge last years double overtime loss to Republic. Game time is 6:30 pm.
Game @ Rogersville Friday begins @ 4:30 - Varsity plays 1st.