The Excelsior Springs Lady Tiger soccer hosted Grain Valley Eagles on April 3. Tigers defense started off sluggish against the Eagles offense. Lady Tiger’s sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Carder had a handful of saves before the first goal was scored, but after that the Eagles offense got confident and started scoring back to back goals.
Lady Tigers had a difficult time controlling the ball past midfield, and their passes were not connecting. Grain Valley had already scored five back-to-back goals before Lady Tigers made a defensive stop by kicking out of bound, which resulted in a Grain Valley corner kick. On the corner kick, Grain Valley successfully made a ground pass to the top of the box, where an open Eagle shot on goal and scored with only 50 seconds left on the clock heading into the half.
Lady Tigers came out of the half still unable to control the ball on offense and struggled to progress down the sideline against a strong Eagle defense. Lady Tigers did make more hustle plays on defense, slowing down the Grain Valley’s passes, and only allowed them to score two more goals in the second half.
Lady Tigers finished the game losing 8-0 against the Eagles and now look forward to hosting a varsity tournament at their own Tiger Stadium. The varsity tournament starts at 9:45 a.m. on April 7.