SOCCER ROUNDUP: Platte County loses opener at home tournament

Platte County opened its season with a 3-0 loss to Liberty North in the first of two pool games for the Platte County Invitational on Monday, March 23 at Pirate Stadium. The Pirates struggled with tempo, especially in the first half, and the Eagles took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. Liberty North outshot Platte County 20-2 with 4 shots on goal. Platte County freshman goalkeeper Kaylyn Hathaway made 11 saves to keep the game close.

Platte County faces Harrisonville on Thursday, March 26 to finish the three-team pool play portion of the bracket with place matches set for Friday, March 27.

Park Hill 0, Lee’s Summit 0

Trojans goalkeeper Kelby Emerson kept a clean sheet in the Trojans first game of the year during the Lee’s Summit Tournament on Monday, March 23.

“We played tentatively in the first half and let Lee’s Summit dictate the pace of the game,” Park Hill coach Brandt Bell said. “We made some adjustments in the second half to open up our offense and find more possession to create more chances.  Our center forward, Ali Walls had a good game, just wasn’t able to get a goal in.”

Park Hill is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, March 25 in the round robin tournament.

Rock Bridge 2, Park Hill South 1

The Panthers dropped a close game to a state power in their opening round matchup of the Lee’s Summit Tournament on Monday, March 23. The Bruins, already 4-0 this season, scored two early goals and held on for the win.

Park Hill South maintained a 13-4 shots advantage but did not capitalize on the chances. Margaret McKeon scored off of a corner kick in the 60th minute to cut the deficit in half but the Panthers could not find an equalizer in the final 20 minutes of regulation.