Bulldogs soccer made program history Tuesday night, tying the record for most wins in one season after beating the Moberly Spartans 2-0 at home.
The victory improves the Bulldogs to 11-9 and is also just the second time the Bulldogs have beaten the Spartans, a traditional state soccer power.
"The team beat them for the first time last year, and the players have continued that habit with another win," head coach Grant Johnston said. "I let them know after the game that their effort and commitment has tilted the Mexico vs. Moberly rivalry in our favor. Wins against Moberly should now be expected, and we look forward to continuing this tradition later on in the season and into the future."
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo of play throughout the game, repeatedly threatening to score during the first half. The shots didn't fall in favor of the Bulldogs however and both teams went into halftime scoreless.
"I felt as though we were a little timid the in first 40 minutes. We controlled the ball well, we just were a little hesitant forcing the ball into the net," Johnston said. "When we clearly are controlling the game, we need to focus on moving people up, while creating a ratio of attackers and defenders that leans in our favor. In games like these, we need to force the issue and earn goals."
The Bulldogs forced that issue in the second half, when senior Christian McKeown scored two goals within the first four minutes of play.
McKeown's first goal was a penalty kick, perfectly placed in the upper right corner of the goal. The second came after sophomore Brock Fuemmeler flicked a long throw-in by senior Kamden Ekern into the center of the field. McKeown finished the ball, to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
"We are trying to utilize Kamden's strength to our advantage when we earn throw-ins," Johnston said. "The benefits were shown tonight."
McKeown has scored a team-leading 25 goals this season.
Senior Tyler Warmbrodt had a strong night in the goalkeeping position, shutting the Spartans out.
"Tyler played an exceptional game," Johnston said. "He earned his fifth shutout of the season. In all honesty, before the season I was unsure of the quality of play we would get from our goalkeeping position. As the season has progressed, Tyler has eliminated those uncertainties. We now rely on him to make consistent, quality plays similar to the ones he has made in this match."
During junior varsity action, the Spartans beat the Bulldogs 1-0.
Bulldogs soccer returns to the filed Thursday against the Boonville Pirates.
Bulldogs cross-country had another strong performance at the Mexico Autumn Classic. The boys team finished second and the girls team finished third to conclude regular season competition.
Page 2 of 3 - Senior Jami Brandow's time of 20:05.20 was the fastest time a Mexico girl had ever run on the team's home course, shattering the previous record of 20:53 set by Sarah Ogar (MHS 2009). Brandow led the girls team with her second place finish. Junior Madeleine Prince also earned a medal, finishing 11th in 22:11.70. Sophomore Rachael Owings finished 22nd, senior Keagan Riddick finished 28th and sophomore Rachael Hightshoe finished 29th to round out the Bulldogs' scoring.
Sophomore Malik Holman finished first in the boys race, running 16:52.00 to gain a 15 second advantage over second place finisher Nathaniel Cook of St. Dominic High School.
Seniors Alex Shaw and Sam Fayad both earned medals, finishing 9th and 15th respectively. Sophomore Jordan Jones finished 21st and junior Spencer Freeman finished 22nd to round out Mexico scoring.
Sophomore Darrin Taylor ran 19:52.44 to finish first overall in junior varsity competition. Sophomore Micah Gwinn, senior Haden Hobbs and sophomore Logan Anselmi also earned medals in the JV competition.
The junior varsity squad returns to competition Friday at Bowling Green. Varsity cross-country next competes at MSHSAA class three, district four championship Nov. 2 in Warrenton.
1. Helias 22
2. Moberly 69
3. Mexico 72
4. St. Dominic 114
5. Eldon 132
6. Quincy Notre Dame 140
7. Marion County 143
1. Moberly 63
2. Mexico 66
3. St. Dominic 83
4. Helias Catholic 109
5. Quincy Notre Dame 141
6. Eldon 147
7. Fulton 151
8. Kirksville 205
9. Marion County 221
10. Missouri Military Academy 255
11. Clark County 272
Junior Varsity Combined Scoring
1. Mexico 33
2. Quincy Notre Dame 44
3. Helias Catholic 80
4. Eldon 84
5. St. Dominic 113
2. Jami Brandow 20:05.20
11. Madeleine Prince 22:11.70
22. Rachael Owings 23:55.50
28. Keagan Riddick 24:42.70
29. Rachel Hightshoe 24:47.90
1. Malik Holman 16:52.00
9. Alex Shaw 17:59.70 9
15. Sam Fayad 18:31.30
21. Jordan Jones 19:06.20
22. Spencer Freeman 19:09.40
24. Raven Twenter 19:19.80
26. Alex Hamilton 19:37.10
Junior Varsity Combined
1. Darrin Taylor 19:52.44 1
3. Micah Gwinn 20:50.26 3
5. Haden Hobbs 20:51.00
8. Logan Anselmi 21:14.31 8
19. Caleb Phipps 22:42.34
20. Austin Loyd 22:44.13
21. Bradley Hutchinson 22:45.83
23. Austin Barnett 22:47.53
26. Clint Smith 23:05.96
34. Dillon Goodman 23:53.73
45. Lauren Ransom 26:33.28
63. Kirby Weber 29:33.05
Bulldogs volleyball fell to 4-19-1 on the season, losing to to the Boonville Pirates 20-25,11-25 Tuesday in Boonville.
"We played tough for the first half of each game, but then we make mistakes and get down," head coach Rachel Leu said. "We have to again start minimizing our unforced errors. It's frustrating because we make some incredible plays, but then follow them up with silly mistakes."
Page 3 of 3 - The Bulldogs were coming off another tough road loss Monday to the Hannibal Pirates. After winning the first game 25-23, the Bulldogs dropped the next two 11-25,12-25.
"The difference between the first game and the second and third games was unforced errors," Leu said. "We have to work on cutting those down. We're allowing teams to gain too much momentum and against stronger teams, you can't come back when you give them too much of a lead."
Senior Mayson Gotcher had four kills against Hannibal while senior Remi Greenwell had 11 assists and senior Brooke Tessman had 13 digs.
Against Boonville, the JV squad won in three games 14-25, 25-14, 25-21.
Against Hannibal the junior varsity Bulldogs lost in three game 11-25, 25-23, 21-25. The freshmen lost to Hannibal 17-25, 17-25.
Bulldogs volleyball hosts Fulton Thursday at Gary Filbert Court.