The story of the first half was solid defensive performances from both teams, who could not seem to get anything near the goals.
“We are having trouble on the offensive third right now, give credit to them their defense played great. We need to get guys in the box and we aren’t doing it,” said Nixa coach Evan Palmer about their offensive struggles.
Nixa started off controlling the ball for the about the first ten to fifteen minutes of the game and seemed to be in the driver's seat, but that quickly changed.
When asked about how they let this happened coach Palmer responded saying, “It was a little communication, but it was more not adjusting right and trying to do too much through the middle.”
He also added about their scoring troubles that their, “best chances came from 30 yards out, which you’re not going to score that many.”
Nixa had five corner kicks in the game, Glendale had only two, and neither team was able to convert on any of them.
Glendale began to take over after the first fifteen minutes of the game, controlling the ball for the majority of the remaining time.
Glendale was knocking on the door with thirty-two minutes remaining in the second half with two shots that sailed wide of the goal.
They were finally able to connect for a score about two minutes later when senior forward Yamill Ocampo crossed the ball from the left corner into the goal box where it headed in by a diving Nick Moore.
“What we try to do with our young kids, it is sink or swim,” stated Glendale coach Jeff Rogers, “You have to throw them into the deep end…and he seems to have a knack for making the right runs.”
Moore made a perfect run on the ball, and was able to score a great goal.
Nixa threatened again late in the game with two back-to-back corner kicks around the 10 minute mark and a strong knuckling shot from thirty yards out.
Frustrations overcame both squads towards the end of the game with a player from each team recieving a yellow card.
Glendale, now 10-6, looks to continue their roll at Branson Tuesday. Nixa is now 13-5-1 and heads back home to play Bolivar on Tuesday.