The Stover soccer team will host the Stover Classic Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14 and the MSHSAA Class 1 District 5 tournament, which begins Monday, Oct. 16.
The Bulldogs will meet Calvary Lutheran 7 p.m. Friday in a first-round match of the classic. Other schools in this year’s event include Cole Camp, Fair Grove, Green Ridge, the Jefferson City JV, Laquey, and Smithton.
Five schools will compete in the district tournament. Crocker, Dixon, Iberia, and Richland join the Bulldogs in seeking the tourney title. The bracket for the tournament was unavailable at press time.
Stover 5 Iberia 0
The Bulldogs recorded their fifth shutout of the season with a 5-0 victory Friday, Oct. 6 at Iberia.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie and Stover coach Chris Witte said the Rangers made a commitment on defense, “We took 42 shots on goal total throughout the game, and had a ton of wide open looks in the first half we couldn’t convert. They played the back line very deep, and just threw numbers behind the ball. We didn’t do a very good job of connecting passes and getting the ball in behind the back line.”
Brenden Bauer had a foot in four of the five second-half goals.
Bauer scored the first goal of the match when he took a shot on the edge of the box and ripped the ball past the keeper. Colton Johannes scored 10 minutes later on an assist from Bauer. Hunter Wolfe made it 3-0 on Bauer’s second assist after the two connected on the edge of the box, and Wolfe beat the defense and the keeper with a shot to the right side. Bryce Bauer improved the score to 4-0 when Brenden Bauer played a back-post ball that Bryce made a run to and scored on a close-range shot. Justin Schroder scored the final goal with two minutes remaining when Quentin Riddell hit a hard shot at the keeper that deflected to the right side, and Schroder knocked the rebound in.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Witte said. “We just couldn’t get things going in the first, and in the second we made a couple of adjustments, and played pretty well. I told the boys at halftime that once we got the first one in, that the floodgates would open, and they did.”
Sacred Heart 6 Stover 0
Sacred Heart blanked the Bulldogs, 6-0, in a Kaysinger Conference match Thursday, Oct. 5 in Sedalia.
The Gremlins, ranked fourth in the latest Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 1 poll, scored their first goal five minutes into the match.
Coach Chris Witte said the Bulldogs looked good at the start but Sacred Heart scored off a quick counterattack, “They beat our backs off the dribble, and we had nobody rotating, and the cross in front of the goal was re-directed in. They play really fast, and if you are unprepared, or let down your guard for one second, they can strike quick.”
Witte said a penalty against goalkeeper Camren Worthley opened the floodgates.
“Camren attempted to make a save on a one-on-one chance after a defensive letdown, and he was shown a yellow card for impeding the progress of the ball carrier, without making an attempt on the ball. That really hurt us, because we lost Cam for the rest of the game.”
The Gremlins scored on the ensuing penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.
Witte said the team has been getting too many yellow cards this season,
“We have been plagued with yellow cards this season and our team policy on the issue is the offender sits the remainder of the half, and the next half.”
With Worthley out, Gage Fischer played in goal the rest of the match. “He made some very nice plays,” Witte said, “and had some great saves, but he is a foot shorter than Cam, so Sacred Heart took advantage of that and were able to knock in some shots from distance, that were over Gage’s head.”
Four more scores gave the Gremlins a 6-0 lead at the half.
Witte said the Bulldogs have to work on their mental preparation for matches, “Mentality and emotion are still key factors in becoming a great team. We are coming to the end of the season, and we are starting to focus on the district tournament, and we have to figure out how to develop a good mentality entering games, but more importantly when things don’t go our way. We talked at halftime and after the game about shutting out all of the noise, the referee decisions, the opposing players’ antics, the fans, and just focus on playing our game. Hopefully, we can get things clicking as we come down the stretch.”
Stover 1 Cole Camp 0
Brenden Bauer scored the only goal of the match and the Bulldogs defeated Cole Camp, 1-0, in a Kaysinger Conference match Tuesday, Oct. 3 in Stover.
The eight seniors on the team, Brenden Bauer, Trey Dixon, Colton Johannes, Ruben Rubio, Justin Schroder, Landon Thompson, Joe Viebrock, and Camren Worthley, were honored at halftime.
Playing in a steady downpour, neither team could get anything going offensively.
In the second half, Bauer scored when he headed a Charlie Black corner kick past the Bluebirds keeper.
“Brenden made a really nice back-post run and was able to shake his mark, and played the ball beautifully off his head and into the backside,” Witte said. “He has been very good for us in the air, but has just been unlucky converting that into goals. I was glad he was finally able to receive payoff for that, especially on Senior Night.”
A flash of lightning with 18 minutes left to play forced a delay and with the deteriorating field conditions and a concern for player safety, the officials decided to end the match.
“This was a tough game for both teams,” Witte said. “The extremely wet conditions made it hard to keep our footing, and to get passes connected. We did a really good job of controlling the game, but Cole Camp kept six defenders back, and we had a hard time making runs, and breaking through due to the conditions.”
Stover 4 Knob Noster 3
The Bulldogs posted a 4-3 victory against Knob Noster Monday, Oct. 2 in Stover.
Quentin Riddell scored his first goal of the season, taking a diagonal cross and hitting a shot to the right of the Panthers goalkeeper, to give Stover a 1-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, Colton Johannes scored a pair of goals to open a 3-0 lead. His first was on a penalty kick after drawing a foul in the box and the second came on shot that beat the keeper to the near post.
Knob Noster rallied and scored a pair of goals, one on a penalty kick, to pull to within, 3-2.
Hunter Wolfe took a pass in front of the goal and hit a hard shot for the score and a 4-2 Stover lead.
The Panthers scored again on another penalty kick to close to within one, but Stover held on for the victory.
“We struggled a little in this one,” Witte said. “We came out of the gate mentally unprepared to play. We were able to open up a few scoring chances, but we couldn’t seem to get anyone on the back end of the ball. We preached and preached, sending diagonal balls through the gaps on the back line, and we consistently either hit defenders, or played vertical balls to a vertical runner, which is a difficult pass to link up on. They threw everything at us in the last 10 minutes, but we were able to keep our composure well enough to see the game through.”