Special to the Citizen
The Platte County Pirates kept their undefeated season alive this week, finishing the week with a win in pool play at the Panther Classic in Riverside.
The Pirates took on Park Hill South, the tournament’s host, in the first game of pool play on Monday, Oct. 7.
Nearly the entire night, the game was tied 0-0, but Carter Hayes swooped in and saved the Pirates’ perfect season at the very end of the match, scoring on a corner kick from Chase Peterson.
Credit for shutting out the Panthers goes to goalkeeper Ian Lang.
Platte County 3, Smithville 1
Platte County picked up a road win against the Smithville Warriors on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The undefeated Pirates were led by Chase Peterson, Aaron Cordova and Tanner Ride, who each scored one goal in the victory with Ride picking up an assist, as well.
Lee’s Summit West 3, Park Hill 0
The Park Hill Trojans dropped a home game to the Lee’s Summit West Titans on Wednesday Oct. 2.
The Trojans were shutout in the game, marking the first time they’ve been shutout since their season-opener against Liberty.
Platte County 2, Staley 1, PK
It took a few extra minutes, but Platte County was able to pull out a home win against the Staley Falcons on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Tanner Ride scored the lone regulation goal for the Pirates on an assist from Aaron Cordova. However, the Falcons were able to respond, and the game went to a PK shootout, tied 1-1.
During the shootout, Joseph Ibarra, Luke Bunge, Isaac Havemeier and Calvin Forrester each scored a goal to keep the Pirates undefeated season alive, winning the shootout 4-3. Goalkeeper Ian Lang had three saves during the shootout.
Lee’s Summit 6, Park Hill South 1
Park Hill South lost at home against the Lee’s Summit Tigers on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The Tigers managed to take a 3-0 advantage into the half, and they never looked back, outscoring the Panthers 3-1 in the second half.
The Panthers’ only goal came courtesy of Jacob Garza just minutes in to the second half.
Blue Springs South 2, Park Hill 0
Park Hill was defeated at home against the Blue Springs South Jaguars on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The Trojans were shutout for the second game in a row — their third shutout this season.
Park Hill had a chance to tie the game on a penalty kick early in the second half, but the Jaguar’s goalkeeper knocked the ball out of bounce.
“That was a backbreaker,” Park Hill coach Josh Marchbank said of the play.
Park Hill 4, North Kansas City 1
The Park Hill Trojans bounced back following two shutouts, beating the North Kansas City Hornets in the first game of pool play at the Panther Classic on Monday, Oct. 7.
Matt Lachowitzer, Nez Redi, Kieran Fane and Grant Berry each scored one goal in the match, which was played at Park Hill South in Riverside.
The Trojans, Panthers and Pirates will all continue play in the Panther Classic through Thursday, Oct. 10.
Park Hill: Once the tournament is over, the 9-3-2 Trojans will head to Raymore-Peculiar for a match on Monday, Oct. 14.
Park Hill South: Following the tournament, the Panthers will host Staley on Monday, Oct. 14.
Platte County: After the tournament, the undefeated Pirates will travel to Grandview for a game on Monday, Oct. 14.