Park Hill soccer finding offensive touch during recent run of wins

Park Hill won a second straight by again coming back after allowing a tying goal.

A couple of fortunate bounces helped the Trojans to a 2-1 double overtime win against Blue Springs South on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo. Both goals came off of set piece opportunities in the Suburban Conference Gold Division matchup.

Tied 1-1 after regulation, Park Hill scored the sudden-death winner in the 98th minute with penalty kicks looming.

Jackson Turner sent in a long free kick from the left sideline just inside midfield. The ball found a Blue Springs South defender, who inadvertently sent a header past his own goalkeeper.

Early in the second half, Turner saw a free kick halfway cleared out, but the ball fell to Park Hill senior Jacob Shelton outside of the 18-yard box. He took a touch and hit an awkward left-footed shot from 22 yards out that deflected in off of a defender to put the Trojans up 1-0 in the 54th minute.

Blue Springs South came back to tie the match at 1-1 to force overtime, leading to the own goal that decided the outcome.

Lee’s Summit West 3, Park Hill 2

The Trojans nearly came all the way back from a 3-0 deficit Saturday, Sept. 23 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.

Late in the first half, Lee’s Summit West took a 1-0 lead in the Gold Division matchup when Park Hill failed to clear a ball in the box. The Titans doubled the lead early in the second half off a corner kick with a header at the near post then added a penalty kick three minutes later to make it 3-0.

Park Hill’s first goal came in the 57th minute.

Ethan Fiest played a long left-footed ball into the box with sophomore Matt Lachowitzer beating an offside trap. He calmly finished with his left to close the gap to 3-1.

In the 65th minute, Turner and defender Aaron Simpson worked a quick give-and-go with a through ball sending the junior defender into a one-on-one situation. Simpson calmly finished to make it 3-2 with about 15 minutes to play.

Park Hill 4, Blue Springs 1

The Trojans made it three wins in a span of four games with its best offensive showing of the season Monday, Sept. 25 in Blue Springs, Mo.

Park Hill never trailed and scored three times in the final 21 minutes of the Gold Division matchup. In the 33rd minute, Gabe Rau scored the only goal of the first half on a header off of a corner kick from Fiest.

Rau added an assist to Logan Gear in the 51st minute to double the lead.

Blue Springs pulled one back on a corner in the 67th minute, but Park Hill continued to push late. Lachowitzer beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation after Nick Bender — a sophomore — beat the defense with a well-placed through ball in the 77th minute.

Ben Jobe, a freshman, added the final goal with 3 seconds left in regulation.

Park Hill’s record now sits at 3-11 overall, having forfeited two early season wins against Oak Park and Liberty North due to inadvertently using an ineligible player. The Trojans have a 3-5 record in Gold Division play after the recent surge.

Lee’s Summit North 1, Park Hill South 0, OT

In a game with few offensive chances for either team, the Broncos stole a win with a late penalty kick Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Lee’s Summit North scored the winner on a penalty kick in the 88th minute during the first 10-minute half of sudden death overtime. Park Hill South lost for the second time in a span of three matches in a game that went beyond regulation.