The Mexico Bulldog soccer team defeated the Kirksville Tigers 2-0 shutout in first round in Class 2 District 8 competition Monday at Kirksville. It was a close game with both teams taking turns controlling the play. In the first half Mathias Whitworth cleared a potential goal for Kirksville off the goal line. The game was scoreless until 11 minutes were left in the game when Christian McKeown scored after Aron Manns put a shot on goal that the goalie couldn't handle. Elijah Robinson scored five minutes later from a cross by Sean Kelly. "It was a tough game with the momentum changing back and forth but we continued to work hard and finally broke through late in the second half," said MHS coach Chris Hotop.
Goal keeper Tyler Warmbrodt shut down the Tigers and made several key saves in the game getting help from the back line of Jose Hernandez, Sam Hobbs, Cristian Vega and Whitworth. Colin Cosby, Elijah Robinson and McKeown controlled the midfield. "We got good play from Gib Graham, Sergey Comerzan and Kelly," said the MHS coach.
The No. 4 seed Bulldogs return to the field at 5 tonight in Kirksville to play the No. 1 seed Hannibal Pirates in the semi-finals.
MMA ADVANCES: The Missouri Military Academy soccer Colonels advanced to the championship match in the Class 1, District 7 tournament after beating the No. 2 seed Fulton Hornets Monday in Fulton. No. 3 seed Colonels defeated the Hornets 4-1 to make it to the championship.
Senior Jesus Gonzalez scored three of MMA's goals, while senior Patricio Herrera scored the other goal. In goal for the Colonels was sophomore Jose "Greg" Reding who allowed only one goal with 21 saves, several being one on one. He was also named player of the game.
Up next for the Colonels will be the No. 1 seed Southern Boone at 6 p.m. Thursday. Southern Boone defeated the No. 4 seed Boonville Pirates 2-1 on Monday.
BASKETBALL: On Friday, the Community R-6 junior high basketball girls played Mark Twain eighth grade with R-6 coming out on top 23-18.
Leading the way for R-6 were Lexus LaGesse with eight points and Chelsea Hoyt with six.
The start of the game was slow only one point at the end of the first quarter and only having six points at the half. The girls came back out hard and aggresive and outscored Mark Twain in both third and fourth quarters. "Our main post was guarded heavily so others had to step up and score the ball," said R-6 coach Holly Gemes.
R-6 plays again at 6 tonight against Wellsville-Middletown seventh girls.