Jillian Vansell scored three goals, and the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers beat Pattonville 4-2 Saturday in the third-place match of the Kickapoo Shootout girls soccer tournament in Springfield.
Earlier Saturday, the Lady Tigers lost 7-0 to eventual tournament champion Rockwood Summit in the semifinals.
“It was a good tournament for us,” Smith-Cotton coach Adam Murray said. “To finish third in a bracket with eight good teams in it, I’m happy with that.”
Two of those eight teams were state-ranked, and another received votes. Nixa, which lost 2-1 to Pattonville in the first round, is ranked No. 4 in Class 3. Tournament runner-up Glendale is No. 8, and Summit received votes.
Brianna Pollitt gave S-C a 1-0 lead in the first half, and Vansell scored the next two goals for a 3-0 lead. Pattonville scored two goals on corner kicks before halftime to slice the Lady Tigers’ advantage to one. The second half was back and forth, according to Murray. Vansell scored late to secure the win for the Lady Tigers.
The match against Summit was close through most of the first half. The Lady Tigers thought they had tied the score at 1 on a free kick, but the goal was disallowed because two touches weren’t made on the ball, according to Murray.
Summit led 5-0 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers (7-2) return home Wednesday to face Class 2 No. 7-ranked Helias. The junior varsity match is set to start at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow at Susie Ditzfeld Field.
Track and Field
The Smith-Cotton track and field teams were well represented Friday at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan.
The Tigers competed in 11 events in the select meet.
“We enter our performances, and they choose only the best to attend,” S-C coach Brad Hagedorn said. “This was the most Smith-Cotton has ever had accepted.”
While S-C didn’t win any medals, its athletes achieved several season-best performances and personal records.
Chance Johnson was 15th in the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 2 inches, the fourth-best jump among Missourians in the eight-state event.
Luke Guier was 15th in the 400-meter run in 50.87 seconds, the top time by a sophomore and sixth-best by a Missourian.
Guier, Henry Contreras, Albert Nash and Taylor Gilliam were 23rd in the 4x400 in a season-best 3 minutes, 33.22 seconds.
Keoni Hale was 24th in the triple jump (40-9 1/4). He posted the top jump by a freshman.
Contreras, Nash, Alex Diaz and Guier were 28th in the 4x100 in a season-best 44.86.
Nash was 28th in the 300 hurdles in 42.45.
Michael Chernookiy was 35th in the 300 hurdles in a personal-record 43.53.
On the girls’ side, Mariona Ward was 22nd in the 300 hurdles in 49.13, 0.13 off the school record. She was 29th in the 100 hurdles in 16.47.
Mekeba Nash, Sarah Hughes, Drae Marcum and Ward finished 32nd in the 4x100 in 52.42 seconds, recording their season best and the school’s best time in 10 years.
Nash was 41st the 100 in 13.69 seconds, running the event despite being injured.