The Spring exhibition season continued this past weekend with a slate of five games at the Parkway College Showcase. Due to early family commitments for Easter, I caught the first game between the GLVC Champion Quincy Hawks and their D2 counterparts in the MIAA, Southwest Baptist.
The Hawks came out strong to open and scored the first goal of the game 15 minutes in, on a set piece. A ball sent in from the left side was nodded down by Jaclyn Mastroianni (St Joe) and deflected to the far post by Kayla Nurnberger (Borgia) where a short hop allowed it to bounce in past the diving SBU keeper. The Bearcats had their opportunities as well but jr Jodie Chapie (IWA) came up big in stopping a pair as SBU’s pace on the wings created openings.
After 10 years of college soccer here in Missouri, I’ve come to the conclusion that Spring games cannot be used to project performance in the Fall. Whether from small rosters, experimentation by the coaches or the impact of incoming classes, Spring games allow me to become better acquainted with players but prognostication should be avoided. There is one item worth noting when it comes to the Quincy Lady Hawks however.
After winning their first ever GLVC Championship, and making 7 straight trips to the NCAA D2 Tourney, the Hawks have a target on their backs. Maybe the weather had a role, or the loss of captain Sam Martinez (Lafayette) to injury midway through the first half, but the Bearcats soon began to impose themselves on this game, tying the match early in the second half on a set piece of their own.
A corner kick seeking Ashley Creason (Lees Summit), the Bearcats playmaker, found her on the far edge of the six yard box. Her header fell to teammate Taylor Schmidt (Liberty) who’s shot was parried by Chapie. Two more shots, by Karla and Kate Jamison respectively were also rejected but as Karla Jamison fell into the box, Molly Marcotte (Republic) hammered the loose ball into the roof of the net (pictured).
To his credit, Head Coach Dave Musso reacted only briefly to the lack of a call in the box, focused more on his players and the goals for this particular game. The most interesting experiment I saw was the move of freshman Haylye Markway to center back, as he works to identify a replacement for 1st team All-American Sam Andert. Markway didn’t get as much press as fellow freshman Ashley Burton but it was her play at defensive midfielder last year that helped open up the opportunities for Burton and senior Brittany Casey.
The Bearcat’s used senior Megan Link (Lafayette) in goal on Saturday for the second half. Unusual since her eligibility has expired but she’s training for the next level. Megan has signed with a professional team in Iceland. I’ll have more on her next step this weekend.
Quincy is in town this Friday April 5th for a match against the SLSG Select High School squad. Game time is 7:45 pam at the STL Soccer Park. With 9 Division 1 commits, it will be another challenge as fellow GLVC foe UMSL discovered two weeks ago.
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