Park Hill beat the clock to score perhaps its biggest win of the season last week.
Enduring a difficult transition into the Suburban Conference Gold Division, the Trojans managed an overtime game winner against Lee’s Summit just before the end of the first half of extra time Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo. Stefan Derra, a sophomore, made eight saves in goal to preserve a shutout in a 1-0 win.
Park Hill entered with just one conference win.
Nico Bosmediano and Abenezer Abraham combined on the golden goal. Abraham received a long ball from his senior midfielder teammate and beat a defender before playing the ball back to Bosmediano at the top of the box. After a shot fake, Bosmediano cut past a defender and curled a left-footed shot into the top left corner for the game’s lone goal.
Lee’s Summit won the first meeting between the two teams 2-0 in late August.
Blue Springs South 2, Park Hill 1
The Jaguars beat the clock in each of the two halves in a Gold Division win Monday, Oct. 17 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.
Park Hill yielded the opening goal with 15 seconds left in the first half and then went behind 2-0 in the final minute of the second half. Bosmediano came back to score a late goal in the closing seconds, but the Trojans dropped to 5-13-2 overall and 2-9 in league play with their regular season finale scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Blue Springs.
Despite the record, Park Hill earned the top seed in Class 4 District 16 play and faces St. Joseph Central in a first-round matchup on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at North Kansas City District Activities Complex in Kansas City, Mo. The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Washburn Rural (Kan.) 2, Park Hill South 1
The Panthers’ eight-game unbeaten streak came to end Saturday, Oct. 15 in Topeka, Kan.
Park Hill South dropped to 15-3-2 overall, unable to equalize for a second time during a scoreless second half. Washburn Rural took an early lead, immediately gave up the tying goal and scored the eventual game-winner through Inaki Uriagereka in the 38th minute — just before halftime.
Overall, Park Hill South (five) had more shots than Washburn Rural (three) but ended up with just the one goal. The Junior Blues took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute before Ryan DiBernardo equalized on an assist from Tyler Pisoni 2 minutes later.
Two of Park Hill South’s three losses and one of two draws have come against Kansas competition.
Park Hill South has the top seed in Class 4 District 15 and plays host Liberty at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Liberty, Mo. The championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Park Hill South 3, St. Joseph Central 0
Pisoni scored twice in the first half of a Suburban Conference Red Division matchup Thursday, Oct. 13 in St. Joseph, Mo. The win improved the Panthers to 9-0 in league play with only the finale against Raytown left to secure another undefeated run.
Dan Geary assisted on both of Pisoni’s goals in the first half, and Colton Smith scored on a pass from Jacob Wicks in the 73rd to close the scoring. Park Hill South goalkeeper Noah Brizendine made two saves in the Panthers’ third consecutive shutout.
Park Hill South has won 30 straight in Red Division play and only allowed two goals total to conference foes in the past three seasons combined.
Park Hill South 2, Truman 0
Nylo Clarke scored early in the first half and late in the second half of a Red Division win Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Independence, Mo. Colton Smith assisted on his goal in the 10th and Ryan DiBernardo set up the second in the 71st minute.
Truman did not have a shot on goal.