Posted: Saturday, 16 March 2013 7:26PM

Kickapoo Lady Chiefs Triumph Over Central Lady Bulldogs



Springfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- In a hard fought home opener, the Lady Chiefs won over the Central Lady Bulldogs, 4-2. Central, who were playing their first game of the season, made the Chiefs work for their win.

Kickapoo Coach, Phil Hodge, discussed how proud he was of his girls.

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“We fought our legs for 15 to 20 minutes. Once we got the rhythm of the game, it went a lot easier,” said Hodge. “We battled last night with Republic and it was hard for the girls to wake up and realize that they had to do it all over again.  We are still working on certain positions and who is going to fill in those spots. They did a really great job today.”

Central charged into Kickapoo’s territory early, frustrating the Lady Chiefs, not allowing them to cross the Lady Bulldog’s back line.  Central’s Melinda Qiao scored the first goal at the 6:00 mark. The Lady Chiefs then found their footing, and answered with a goal by Keirstyn Sandwell 10 minutes into the first half.  

Kickapoo’s Kenzie Dunaway put the Chiefs into the lead off a penalty kick.  KK Lutz of Central took advantage of a goalie deflection and tied the game up at half.

A spunky Central team once again emerged after intermission, pushing Kickapoo to play the whole field. As the half wore on, the Lady Bulldogs began to show fatigue. Kickapoo took full advantage of this with goals from Miriam Melugin and Keirstyn Sandwell. The Lady Chiefs finished the game 4-2.

Central Coach Chris Welch spoke highly of her girls despite their Saturday loss.

“They were nervous coming in for their first game. We are a very young team and don’t have a lot of experience. I told them to walk in there with your head held up,” said Welch. “We came in here two years ago and got beat 10-0. It was awful. All spring break we worked on being a team and doing things together.”

Kickapoo, who had a 7-13 record last year, next faces Ozark at Ozark High School, on March 21. Central next takes on Parkview at home, on March 19.

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