Park Hill soccer takes 1st rivalry meeting of season with Park Hill South

The first of potentially four matchups between Park Hill and Park Hill South went to the Trojans last week.

In the consolation championship of the Lee’s Summit Invitational, Park Hill used goals from Sam Paulak, Alison Walls and Bella Catano to score a 3-0 victory Thursday, March 24 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Paulak and fellow holding midfielder Taylor Buckholz helped the Trojans control possession in an unguaranteed meeting between the rivals.

Last season, Park Hill and Park Hill South played three times, splitting two Suburban League Red Division meetings to share the league title. Park Hill defeated the Panthers in a third meeting in a Class 4 sectional matchup.

Park Hill and Park Hill South both lost first round matchups in a stacked nine-team tournament field before winning consolation games to set up the meeting. 

After losing a Class 4 quarterfinal rematch with St. Teresa’s Academy in the first round, Park Hill beat Liberty 2-0 behind goals from Catano and Raena Woodruff. Kelbey Emerson, the Trojans’ sophomore goalkeeper, gave up just one goal in the tournament, including the back-to-back clean sheets.

Park Hill South dropped to 1-2, advancing to play Park Hill via a 1-0 win against Kearney in the consolation semifinals. Margaret McKeon scored the Panthers’ lone goal of the tournament off a Kate Eischens corner kick, while goalkeeper Haley Mills recorded a clean sheet.

Park Hill South’s schedule continues with a second tournament. The Panthers were scheduled to open the Olathe Northwest Invitational on Tuesday, March 29 against Shawnee Mission West (Kan.), but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

Second-round games were all scheduled for Thursday, March 31 with Park Hill South playing at 5 p.m. regardless of first round result. Place games will be Saturday.

Lee’s Summit West 3, Park Hill 0

The Trojans dropped to 2-2 on the season with a difficult opener to their non-tournament slate Monday, March 28 in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Lee’s Summit West took a 1-0 lead early and held the advantage before adding two late goals for the final margin. The Titans were the No. 1 seed in last week’s Lee’s Summit Invitational, which Park Hill finished at 2-1 with the consolation championship.

Park Hill was scheduled to open Suburban Conference Red Division play Tuesday, March 29 vs. Ruskin, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline. The Trojans next home game won’t be until April 26 vs. St. Joseph Central, a string of 13 straight road dates including a pair of tournaments.