Soccer, volleyball, girls golf

SOCCER: The Mexico High School Bulldog soccer team lost another tough game Thursday night in penalty kicks.
With the score tied at one after two overtimes Hannibal prevailed 6-5 in kicks. Hannibal scored first in the 10th minute when the Bulldogs couldn't clear their ball out of the box. Hannibal led 1-0 at the half. Sean Kelly scored 3 minutes into the second half when he jumped on a loose ball and dribbled across the goal and beat the keeper.
"Our offense continues to struggle to put shots on goal. We played well defensively, especially our backline of Mathias Whitworth, Sam Hobbs, Cristian Vega, Jacob Lauer and Jose Hernandez. Tyler Warmbrodt played another outstanding game in goal, making several point blank saves," said MHS coach Chris Hotop.
The Bulldogs will host a tournament on Saturday and will play at 9 a.m. against Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats. Elsberry and Chillicothe play at 11 a.m. The losers play at 2 p.m. and winners play at 4 in the championship game.
VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to Marshall Thursday night for a conference game against the Marshall Owls.
Mexico lost 25-22 in the first game and 25-18 in the second, but coach Rachel Leu thought her team played a good match. "We played much better last night, we were more focused and never gave up. I was proud of how the girls played last night," she said.
For Mexico Lorin Rayl had 3 kills and 2 aces; Macy Carmean had 3 kills; and Mayson Gotcher had 3 kills and 3 aces.
The junior varsity team also lost 25-12 and 25-13.
Mexico (3-17) will play another conference match Monday at home against the Hannibal Pirates. On Tuesday the Bulldogs will hold their annual "Rally for Pink" game when they host the Boonville Pirates. All the money raised from the event will go to the Mexico Relay For Life. Pulled pork sandwiches will be sold from the concession stand and there will be contests with prizes.
GOLF: Thursday was the NCMC girls golf tournament. After many years of coming in last in this tournament (just one of the things about always being in a tough conference) Mexico golfers made their goal to at least come in second place. "Yesterday was a day of meeting goals, we did come in second, just behind Moberly," said MHS coach Lindsay Yancey. Layne Ray and Kaylee Stone made All-Conference.
MHS golfers also made a goal at the very beginning of this season to break 400 for a tournament, "We finally did that yesterday at our last tournament of the year. This season we have had several matches where at least one player from our JV team would have contributed to our varsity score if we were able to do that, yesterday was finally our day to take advantage of this. We are able to bring six players from each team and I was so excited to see our number six player really step up and make a difference in our team score, Abby Gooch not only played an amazing tournament, her first tournament of this season, but she also came just one stroke away from being All-Conference as well," stated the MHS coach. She added that MHS is so lucky to have a very strong JV team in addition to the varsity and they are all looking forward to next season. "This team has made me proud every match we have played and I could not be more pleased with the way our season has gone, next year is going to be fantastic," said Yancey.
Winner of the tournament was Nicole Marquis, Moberly, shooting 84.
Moberly 383
Mexico 399
Kirksville 401
Marshall 488
Layne Ray 91 (All-Conference)
Kaylee Stone 100 (All- Conference)
Abby Gooch 103
Haley Auwarter 105
Abigail Hoer 110
Jessica Slagle 120