Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Though they are only two games into the season, the Glendale Lady Falcons soccer team is looking sharp. In their first home game of the season, Glendale (2-0) handled the opposing Parkview Lady Vikings, 7-0.
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“It is still early in the season but I am encouraged by what I saw tonight,” said Glendale head coach Jeff Rogers. “I think everybody with the is just glad to get to play tonight and it was just a good night for us.”
The Lady Falcons bring a good balance of upper and lower classmen to the field, as well as an experienced defensive line to compliment their high scoring offense. Sophomore midfielder Kasey Opfer led Glendale over Parkview with three goals and one assist in the game. For the Lady Falcons, establishing an early lead was crucial for the team’s success.
In the sixth minute of the contest, Glendale struck the first goal off the foot of junior Abby Greene. From that point on, The Lady Falcons were constantly on the attack to add to their lead.
The Lady Falcons followed the first strike up with two more goals in a matter of seconds. The first of the two came in the 21st minute, with the following score in the 22nd. The second of the two goals came from Opfer after a beautiful pass over the defense from senior Sarah Kate Sprouse. After the quick offensive strike by Glendale, Parkview found themselves in a 3-0 hole.
“We worked really well as a team and worked well offensively connecting passes and finishing,” said Opfer. “We were looking for shots early in the game and we started off slow but we started picking it up and did well.”
The Lady Vikings did show glimpses of good action throughout the game. Senior defender Amy Greene and junior Emma Chilton were consistent for Parkview in playing well at their positions and making the most of their opportunities. In order to keep games more in reach as the season continues, they will need to become more steady and crisp in their passing and defense against faster teams.
Opfer added her second goal of the night in the 33rd minute to give Glendale a 4-0 lead heading into the half.
“It was really confidence boosting knowing we can finish and get on a role and start settling the game down,” said Opfer.
Glendale continued it’s rout of the Lady Vikings in the second half with stronger defense and aggressive offense. Rarely was Parkview able to advance the ball deep into Lady Falcon territory due to Glendale’s experienced back line. Junior goalie Kindra Lierz played outstanding in goal, not allowing anything by her all night.
“I think that is one of our strengths because it is the same kids from last year and Kindra is a force in goal,” Coach Rogers said. “Just two shutouts in our opening two games is something to build on for us.”
In the 56th minute, Kelsey Opfer scored her third goal of the game off an assist from senior midfielder Annie Powell. Two more goals in the 62nd and 73rd by senior Drianna Raff and sophomore Kennedy Graves made the Lady Falcons lead total 7-0. By the sound of the final whistle, Glendale had won it’s first home game of the season in a shutout.
“You just keep building from this,” Coach Rogers said. “As long as we are doing good things and finding the back of the net, because come May it is harder to find the back of the net, I was impressed.”
Led by Coach Rogers and the experienced players on both ends of the field, Glendale will face cross-town rival Kickapoo Wednesday at home.
“We will be more on our toes tomorrow just playing a game so we can relax for a bit until Kickapoo tomorrow,” Opfer said.
For the Parkview Lady Vikings, they will attempt to bounce back in their first home game of the season against Rogersville on Thursday.