South, Park Hill soccer shocked in OT district openers

Park Hill South wrapped up a fourth straight Suburban Conference Red Division title — all outright — with a shutout of Raytown in the regular season finale.

Isaac Henn scored twice, and Nate Newton provided two assists in a balanced effort Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Raytown, Mo. Park Hill South put up five goals in the second half of a 6-0 win over Raytown to finish 9-1 in Red Division play.

Earlier in the season, Park Hill South saw a 33-match win streak in conference play end in a penalty kick shootout loss to Liberty North. The Panthers closed with seven straight Red Division wins to lock up the championship.

The winning streak dated to a 2013 loss to Lee’s Summit West.

Park Hill South entered the final game needing a win to avoid a potential share of the title. The Panthers led just 1-0 at halftime against Raytown through Tripp Parsons’ goal in the 21st minute.

Jacob Garza and Carson Lindsay scored in the 46th and 47th minutes — both on assists from Newton — to start the rout for Park Hill South. Henn’s first came in the 59th minute on an assist from left back Ian Sprick, and Panthers junior goalkeeper Mark Allred added an assist in the same minute to Alzado Medina to make it 5-0.

Henn finished the scoring in the 66th minute with his second.

While the string of conference titles continued, Park Hill South’s run of playoff appearances ended at three. The Panthers were bested 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout in the Class 4 District 15 first round on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.

And a Red Division foe ended the streak.

Liberty scored on a set piece early in the second half but gave up the equalizer in the 77th minute. After two scoreless overtime periods left the teams tied at 1-1, the match went to a shootout.

Park Hill South fell behind 2-1, leveled at 3-3 after four rounds and lost in the fifth round.

Liberty lost both regular season meetings with Park Hill South in Red Division play. The Panthers, who finished the season 15-7-1, won by scores of 3-1 and 2-1 in the first two matches.

Park Hill 1, Blue Springs 0

Austin Favela scored the game-winner deep in extra time of the Trojans’ Suburban Conference Gold Division finale Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Park Hill District Soccer Complex in Riverside, Mo.

Park Hill finished the regular season on a high note, snapping a three-game losing streak. Jackson Elder and Gabe Smith combined on the shuout.

The winning goal came off of a Blue Springs goal kick in overtime.

Park Hill controlled the ball, and sophomore Cameron Caldwell made a long run down the left side of the field. He laid off a pass to Favela just inside the 18-yard box, and his right-footed shot from 15 yards out went low into the right-hand corner.

The season ended just six days later.

Park Hill overcame an early 2-0 deficit against Oak Park in a Class 4 District 16 matchup Tuesday, Oct. 24 in St. Joseph, Mo. The Trojans led 3-2 for 20 minutes in the second half on a pair of goals for Chris Munoz and one for Nick Bender.

Oak Park scored the equalizer with 4 minutes left in regulation then put in the sudden-death winner in the first half of overtime.

In a rematch of last year’s District 16 final decided on penalty kicks, Oak Park jumped to an early 2-0 lead and went into half ahead 2-1. Park Hill scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half to go up 3-2 —marking just the second time this season with more than two goals in a game.

Park Hill couldn’t hold the lead and finished at 6-17 overall. The Trojans won a regular season matchup with Oak Park but later forfeited due to in inadvertently using an ineligible player.

The teams met up again in the No. 2 vs No. 3 seed matchup in the four-team bracket in a match that went deep into a chilly night. Staley defeated St. Joseph Central in another overtime matchup in the other semifinal.