Park Hill plays Jackson Friday in state soccer semifinals

Park Hill will have a major test when its Class 4 semifinal vs. Jackson kicks off on Friday, Jun. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.

The Indians enter the game averaging nearly four goals per game and have allowed just 11 goals on the season, including 16 clean sheets.

Jackson has posted a 19-4 record on the year and won the Class 4 District 1 tournament.

The Indians 4 losses on the year came from Marquette, Union, a Class 3 semifinalist, St. Joseph Academy who entered the state tournament as the No. 2 team in the Class 4 poll by the Missouri State Soccer Coaches Association, defeating the No. 1 team in the state 3-2 on penalty kicks in the Class 4 District 7 championship game, and Northwest (Cedar Hill), who they defeated 1-0 to claim the district title.

Park Hill has had its own defensive success, allowing just 16 goals on the season with 13 shutouts. The Trojans have a 20-3 record on the season with an active eight-game winning streak.

 TODD NUGENT/Special to the Citizen Park Hill’s Alyssa Ramos, right, battles for possession of the ball in during a Class 4 quarterfinal game held Saturday, May 26 at the Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo. 

TODD NUGENT/Special to the Citizen
Park Hill’s Alyssa Ramos, right, battles for possession of the ball in during a Class 4 quarterfinal game held Saturday, May 26 at the Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo. 

Park Hill has two losses to Lee’s Summit West who is the top-ranked team remaining in the tournament, ranked No. 3 in the latest poll, and a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, who lost in the quarterfinals to Blue Valley Southwest in the KSHSAA Class 4A playoffs.

The Titans play Eureka at 4 p.m., in the other Class 4 semifinal which kicks off at 4 p.m.

Eureka is ranked No. 4 in the poll and upset St. Joseph’s in the sectional round of the playoffs. Park Hill enters at No. 5 and Jackson received votes in the poll but did not crack the top-10 vote getters.