At the recent Mexico varsity boys soccer Invitational, when Calvary Lutheran dropped out because of participation issues, that turned the tournament format for this event into gameplay.
Even though that last-minute adjustment didn't initially work in the Bulldogs favor, it did help them come back and play a hard-fought contest against Chillicothe they eventually lost 3-2.
"We played so much better against Chillicothe than MMA. I look forward to this game because they're an opponent who follow our pattern," said coach Chris Hawkins. "They scored two on us in the first but we controlled the game. Alex Dukes, Connor Frazier, and Ryan Shopher worked the ball up the field together. Diego Vasquez scored for us with the assist from Alan Ventura and Connor Frazier had a goal as well. It was tied up until 13 minutes left when Chillicothe put one more in the back of the net."
In the first game of the day Mexico played the Missouri Military Academy and lost, 9-2. The outcome was similar to when the Bulldogs played at the Colonels on Sept. 21 and fell 7-0.
"The first half was controlled by MMA and it showed by the score 1-8. Diego Vasquez chipped the keeper from a pass from Alan Ventura," Hawkins said. "In the second half we came out fired up. We didn't want to get mercy ruled (10 goal difference). The rain came and we started playing better. We controlled the ball better and were challenging every ball. Dalyn Feigenspan scored off of a penalty kick."
Mexico also hosted Boonville on Thursday and Moberly on Tuesday and next welcomes Fulton on Monday in a North Central Missouri Conference game.