SOCCER ROUNDUP: Park Hill soccer's Foutch strikes on free kicks

A busy week for Park Hill ended with a loss in the Suburban Conference Gold Division debut for the Trojans.

A state quarterfinalist a year ago, Lee’s Summit scored twice in the second half Monday, Aug. 29 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. to take the league win. The Tigers put the game away in the 77th minute with Park Hill searching for a potential equalizer.

Park Hill dropped to 3-2 on the season.

Park Hill 1, Oak Park 0, OT

Jackson Foutch scored his second free kick goal of the season Saturday, Aug. 27 in a memorable home opener for the Trojans at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.

Facing Oak Park in a rematch of last year’s Class 4 District 16 title game, Park Hill’s golden goal came with just 5 seconds on the clock and penalty kicks looming. Foutch lined up a free kick from about 20 yards out in the center of the field, and his shot beat the wall and the goalkeeper to the upper right corner.

Following the goal, Foutch’s teammates chased him around the field in a looping arc, celebrating the win. Oak Park took last year’s district title with a 1-0 victory.

Gabe Smith recorded the shutout.

Park Hill 1, Blue Springs South 0

The Trojans scored in the first half, and a third goalkeeper in three games made the lead stand up in the third-place game of the Liberty Kickoff Classic.

Jackson Elder started and recorded two saves for the cleansheet. Overall, Park Hill allowed three goals in three games while rotating through three potential starters. Elder and Smith recorded shutout victories, while Stefan Derra turned in a highlight reel game in the lone loss.

Park Hill’s only goal came in the 20th minute when central midfielder Paulo Murguia sent a through ball to attacking midfielder Nico Bosmediano, who slotted home past the Jaguars keeper.

Lee’s Summit North 3, Park Hill 1

The Trojans suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday, Aug. 23 in the Liberty Kickoff semifinals despite a highlight reel goal from a senior defender.

In the 30th minute, Foutch took a free kick from about 25 yards out, sending a shot into the side netting that left Lee’s Summit North’s goalkeeper flat-footed. Derra made 12 saves for Park Hill in the loss.

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

Dan Geary’s goal in the 87th minute — his third in the Panthers’ first two games — led to a sudden-death victory Tuesday, Aug. 23.

After scoring twice in the opener, Geary, a senior midfielder, combined with fellow senior midfielder Ryan DiBernardo for the game-winning score. Lee’s Summit West actually finished with an advantage in shots, taking five to the Panthers’ four.

Noah Brizendine made five saves, including one on either side of the half on clear chances to keep the match scoreless.