Mexico soccer, Centralia softball, North Callaway softball, Van-Far softball

MEXICO SOCCER: First came a scoreless first half, then a scoreless second half, then not one but two scoreless overtime periods Monday.
Finally, penalty kicks had to be used to decide Mexico High School’s first boys soccer game of the season and host Fatima claimed a 2-1 edge in that department to post a 1-0 varsity victory.
“We started slow and had trouble putting together any kind of an attack in the first half,” MHS coach Chris Hotop said. “In the second half, we were able to create some scoring chances, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
For the Bulldogs, Jared Smiley played well from the center back position; Logan Ray had a strong game in goal, making nine saves.
“This was our first game, and we will have to learn from our mistakes and build on the positives,” Hotop said. “I thought we played hard as a team and put a lot of effort on the field. This is a good group and they will respond positively and improve as the season continues.”
The Bulldogs, who dropped the JV game 3-0, are home today for a varsity only date with Elsberry.
CENTRALIA SOFTBALL: At home against Blair Oaks, the Lady Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 4-0 varsity decision Monday, outhitting the Lady Falcons 10-5.
Baylee Douglass moved to 2-0, striking out eight and walking none. Jennifer Mills had three hits and two RBI for Centralia, which scored a run in the first inning and three in the fourth.
NORCAL SOFTBALL: Visiting Rock Bridge (7-1) broke open a 2-1 main event with 10 runs in the seventh en route to a 12-1 win over the 1-3 Ladybirds.
Brynn McGrath took the loss, fanning three and walking three. Sarah LaPlante had two hits and Kelsey Coil one RBI for NorCal.
VAN-FAR SOFTBALL: The Lady Indians bowed 6-3 to Westran in the consolation game of last weekend’s Hallsville Invitational. Harrisburg beat Van-Far 11-3 in its first game and the Lady Indians topped Pilot Grove 10-6 in their second contest.