Posted: Friday, 17 May 2013 9:15PM

Kickapoo tops Central in district soccer final



Springfield, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- Video Platform Video Management Video Solutions Video Player

Welcome back, Miriam Melugin.

On the injured list since early April, Melugin made her return to the field Tuesday as Kickapoo beat Joplin 5-0. She finished with one goal and one assist.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

Melugin made an even bigger impact Friday in Kickapoo’s Class 3, District 12 title game against Central. The future Kansas Jayhawk scored Kickapoo’s first two goals as the Lady Chiefs won 3-1.

“It felt great to finally be back out there playing, I’m just ready to go beat Nixa now,” Melugin said.

Kickapoo plays at Nixa in a Class 3 sectional on Tuesday. Nixa won 6-0 at Kickapoo in the regular season, but Lady Chiefs coach Phil Hodge says his team is ready for a rematch. Melugin didn’t play in that game.

"When we didn't have her last week, I still felt like we were coming together," Hodge said. "We learned from some stuff that happened over the course of the season and started playing well. Miriam coming back gives, I think, the whole team some confidence."

Melugin broke the scoreless tie with a goal 10 minutes into the second half.

An offensive flurry broke out in the final 10 minutes. Melugin’s second goal of the game put Kickapoo ahead 2-0 with less than seven minutes remaining.

Kierstyn Sandwell netted Kickapoo’s third goal of the game just moments later. Hannah Sweaney, who aided Melugin’s first goal, got her second assist of the game.

"We were talking about that on the sideline the whole time," Hodge said. "I thought, 'Wow, Hannah’s having a great game today.' She really contributed well and played with confidence.”

Aspen Hawkins, Central’s all-time leading scorer, prevented Kickapoo from getting the shutout with a goal in the final minute.

For Kickapoo, it's the Lady Chiefs first district title since 2007 and first under Hodge. It's also the same season the Kickapoo boys' and girls' soccer teams have both won district titles since the 2006-07 school year.

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Mizzou 38, South Dakota State 18


The Tigers won their opening game of the season in front of 60,000 people.

Pictures: Strafford XC Meet


Springfield Catholic swept the team titles while Tabitha Weber and Daylan Quinn clenched individual gold medals.

Pictures: Top 100 Photos of Week 2 Football


Catch the 100 best photos from the second week of the football season.
Videos
O-Zone Opinion
Win or lose, 2014's the turning point for Bears' program
The freshness of a new season offers a chance for a fresh start, hope and the promise of a better future. And if you've been a Missouri State football fan or follower for any part of the past two and a half decades, you know no team necessitates...
Read More
2014 Girls Tennis outlook
With the fall season rapidly approaching, who are the area high school tennis players that could find themselves in the state playoffs? Here's a look at some of the best around the area. Class 2 Contenders (Players) CeCe Givens, Branson,...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Week 1 Football Recap
Finally, all the talking, previewing and predictions by "experts" such as myself are over. The season is here and Week 1 had a ton to offer. Here is a recap of the week that was and a look at big games next week, as well as my weekly "Big Man on...
Read More
Most Viewed