On This Day, Tuesday March 20, 2018: In an early season match between the Collinsville Kahoks, who finished third in Illinois in 2017, and the Falcons who finished second in Missouri in 2016 before losing to eventual Champion Webster Groves in the District Final last year, it was the Collinsville Kahoks who came out on top tonight. Sophomore Faith Liljegren (SEMO) was very influential from her central midfield role. She carries the captain’s armband for a reason. The first goal came after she was knocked down 50 yards out, winning a 50-50 ball while showing a lot of courage going into the tackle. The resulting free-kick was sent to the 6-yard box where Courtney Marten ran onto it and headed it over the goalkeeper in the 44th minute for the game-winner. OTD: Summit Falcons at Collinsville Kahoks
PHOTO GALLERY – Summit at Collinsville
Check out the original report for additional scoring and rosters. Despite this early season setback, the Falcons went on to capture the Missouri Class 3 State Championship that season, defeating IWA 1-0 in the Final. There were seven seniors on the team: Kelli Fink, Samantha Huffman, Kelly Jerger, Mackenzie Litzsinger, Meghan Malone, Rachel May and Gabi Pacino. For 2020 there are six seniors: Sara Lawler, Julia Martens, Abby Potter, Lauren Tyson, Claire Weber and Anna WilliamsThe Kahoks, after two straight trips to State, lost to the Belleville West Maroons in the Regional Final in PK’s following a 1-1 draw (video). The team featured four seniors: Riley Harris, Eva Marciak, Courtney Marten and Katelyn Schreiber while there are nine on the 2020 roster: Paige Bauer, Vjosa Beluli, Bekah Burkhart, Bella Hensler, Destiny Johnson, Caite Knutson, Faith Liljegren, Monse Munoz and Alyssa Tucker
I first began shooting High School soccer in March 2005. That makes this my 16th year of coverage and I’ll admit that I’m anticipating retirement. I pay Smugmug.com (my photo website provider) $250 a year to host and provide print and download services for my readers. This April will very likely be the last time I renew the service. That means you have a year to access my archives and purchase photos. Your purchases go towards fees like that as well as the website hosting, related software services and camera gear. Travel (over 5,000 miles a year) as well as the time spent (6-8 hours per game when travel, shooting, writing and editing are included) on the 150 games I cover on average annually do add up. I’m a small business and your support is always appreciated.
Today marks the first in what I anticipate will be a season long effort to offer content that hopefully earns your attention. I’m using my PHOTO GALLERIES to identify games and then going back to the original post and my audio notes to tell the story again. If there are games you’d like to see included from the 2017-2019 seasons (so most seniors have a chance to see an earlier effort representing their school) feel free to contact Ole. Share this with a photo of your 2019 and or 2020 seniors and I’ll add that to this report.