Soccer loses to Owls

Mexico golf had another big night Monday, beating Centralia, New Bloomfield and defending conference champions Moberly in a four-team match at Centralia Country Club.
"We knew this would be a close match between us and Moberly so we were excited to get this one in the books," coach Lindsey Yancey said. " Overall our team struggled last night, none of them have ever played the Centralia Country Club before, but some spectacular performances were enough to push us over the top."
Senior Layne Ray took top individual honors, shooting 37 and winning by five strokes over second-place finisher Nichole Marquis of Moberly.
"It happened to be a very exciting night for varsity not only to get the win, which was quite a shock, but also to cheer on Layne as she shot just 2 over par," Yancey said. "We've been anxiously awaiting the day she would break 40 so it was quite the team celebration when she achieved this goal."
Mexico remains undefeated on the links this year, but faces stiff competition when they tee-off against Helias and Rolla tonight at Oak Hills in Jefferson City.
The JV squad took second-place behind Moberly, led by sophomore Erika Smiley and freshman Reagan Samm.
"Reagan, as a freshman, breaking into the 50s is a big deal," Yancey said. "It was also very exciting to watch Elizabeth Kasubke bogey a hole at the end of her round."
Scores were as follows:
Team Scores
Mexico 188
Moberly 190
New Bloomfield 211
Centralia 218

Junior Varsity
Moberly 234
Mexico 254
Centralia 258

Individual Scores
Layne Ray- 37
Abby Gooch- 48
Kaylee Stone- 50
Jessica Slagle- 53
Abigail Hoer- 53

Junior Varsity
Erika Smiley- 57
Raegan Samm- 58
Haley Barnes- 65
Brooke Ransom- 74
Elizabeth Kasubke- 75

Volleyball got a close win over the Eldon Mustangs, going 20-25, 25-13, 25-22 in three games at Gary Filbert Court. After losing the first game, the Bulldogs came back motivated to dominate the court in the second. The third game was a back-and-forth battle with Mexico closing strong to move to 2-1 on the season.
"We started off slow," head coach Rachel Leu said, "But the girls are realizing when they stay aggressive and don't give up they can get these wins."
Senior Brooke Tessman had 14 digs and senior Mayson Gotcher had 10 in the victory. Senior Kiersten Vestal led the Bulldogs with kills, recording seven on the night while senior Macy Carmean had six.
The junior varsity dropped two games 25-27 and 19-25 to the Mustangs. The freshman squad battled back after losing the first game 20-25 to take the next two 25-0 and 25-17.
The Bulldogs next play at Marshall Thursday.
Softball moved to 4-1 (3-1 NCMC) after a close road game against NCMC foes Boonville Pirates. Junior pitcher Danielle Baumgartner earned the win, striking out seven and allowing no walks and just six hits.
Junior Haley Test led Mexico behind the plate, hitting a three-run homerun in the sixth inning to give the Bulldogs the go-ahead runs. Sophomore Ashlee Morton had strong hitting as well, hitting a double, two singles, an RBI and scoring one run. Baumgartner had two hits and one RBI.
"We hit the ball solid tonight and made things happen," head coach Christina Gerber said.
JV won in a rout, beating the Pirates 11-2.
The Bulldogs play again tonight at NCMC rival Moberly.
Soccer recorded the first loss of the season, moving to 3-1 (1-1 NCMC) after losing 4-0 to the Marshall Owls.
"We played poorly. We lacked the love and passion for the game that is necessary to win," head coach Grant Johnston said. "If we want to achieve what we are trying to achieve, we need to be more consistent."
The boys looked strong in the first half, giving up one goal to the Owls but controlling the pace and play of the game. The second half was a different story, with Marshall coming out hard, scoring three goals and shutting down the Bulldog offense.
"We cannot come out fired up for one game, and then flat the next. The season is an endurance match, and we need to keep pace," Johnston said. "It will be interesting to see how the boys respond against Battle High School this Thursday."