SOCCER ROUNDUP: Park Hill South continues lengthy win streak

Park Hill South swept three more matches last week, running the current winning streak to 15 and the Panthers’ season record to 19-3. They ranked just outside the top 10 in the most recent Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 4 poll with the most votes of unranked teams. The last loss for Park Hill South came on penalty kicks against Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) in the semifinals of early September’s KA-MO Classic.

Park Hill South took the streak into a nonconference matchup with St. James Academy (Kan.), scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20. The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline. Already 9-0 and outright winner of the Suburban Conference Red Division title, the Panthers’ final regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 21 against rival Park Hill.

In another nonconference break, Park Hill South beat Ozark 2-0 on a pair of second-half goals Friday, Oct. 16 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.

Nylo Clarke turned in a header on Tanner Alderson’s cross in the 42nd minute, and Alderson scored off of Carson Cavitt-Wells’ free kick cross in the 58th minute. Evan Morrow (four saves) and Noah Brizendine (three saves) combined for the shutout, and the goalkeeping duo has yielded just two goals during the 15-game win streak.

Cavitt-Wells leads Park Hill South with nine assists on the season.

Park Hill South 2, Truman 0

Seth Hudson, an all-state defender, scored his second goal in his fourth game of the season since returning from injury, helping the Panthers stay unbeaten in Red Division play Thursday, Oct. 15 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex. He scored a header off of a Cavitt-Wells corner kick in the 12th minute, and the lead held up until the second half.

Jared Hernandez finished off the scoring in the 55th minute on a give-and-go with Brandan Fitzgerald.

Park Hill South 5, St. Joseph Central 0

Five different players tallied a goal Wednesday, Oct. 13 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Park Hill South led 4-0 at the break, and Morrow and Brizendine combined on another shutout. Joshua Wood opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Tyler Pisoni added his team-leading 10th of the season seven minutes later on a helper from Cavitt-Wells.

Daniel Gunderson — ninth goal of the season — and Clarke added back-to-back goals in the 32nd and 34th minute to increase the lead to 4-0. Both came on assists from Turner Hall. Cavitt-Wells finished the scoring in the 47th minute from near the penalty spot on a pass from Pisoni.

Park Hill South grabbed the top seed for the Class 4 District 15 tournament and opens play Monday, Oct. 26 against North Kansas City at Park Hill District Soccer Complex. Kickoff in one of the two semifinals is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The championship will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 against the winner of Liberty North and Liberty.

Park Hill 2, Blue Springs 0

Christian Fullmer and Logan Crichlow scored, and Peyton LeFerla recorded the shutout in the final nonconference game of the season for the Trojans on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo. Park Hill dropped to 11-11 overall with a 2-0 loss at Liberty the next day, putting the Trojans at 5-4 in Red Division play entering the rivalry matchup with Park Hill South.

Platte County 3, Grandview 1

Pirates freshman forward Blake Cochran assisted on all three goals Thursday, Oct. 18 at Platte County High School.

Cole Wedekind opened the scoring in the first half, and Mason Hays put Platte County up 2-0 with a diving header off of a Cochran cross. Grandview tallied one back to cut the deficit in half at halftime, but sophomore midfielder Chandler Peterson’s persistent attack netted him a goal in the second half on a shot from about 12 yards out to cap the scoring.

Entering a Tuesday, Oct. 20 matchup with Ruskin, Platte County sat at 14-6-1 overall and 6-3 in Suburban Conference Blue Division play. The Pirates close the regular season with a league game at Winnetonka on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Platte County owns the No. 2 seed in the Class 4 District 16 tournament and is scheduled to play St. Joseph Lafayette at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Smithville, Mo. Smithville, which beat the Pirates 4-1 in their lone meeting this season, is the No. 1 seed and plays Benton in the other semifinal.

The championship is slated for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Platte County 3, Raytown South 1

Baylor Cox completed his hat trick in the second half Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Raytown, Mo. to complete a season sweep of the Cardinals.

Platte County again led 2-0 but this time conceding midway through the second half. Immediately after the ensuing restart, Cox scored his third goal to provide the final margin.