Kearney falls in district soccer opener

Kearney keeper Tyler Snapp watches a goal kick near midfield against Raytown South Oct. 29 in Kearney.

KEARNEY — Kearney’s boys soccer season and the coaching career of Bill Forman came to an end in a district opening round match on Monday, Nov. 4.

The second-seeded Bulldogs suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 3 Smithville in the Class 3 District 16 tournament opening round game at the TDR Auto Plaza Activity Center at Kearney High School.

Josh Grandstaff and Liam Wolfe registered first half goals for the Warriors, who played top-seeded Platte County for a district championship Wednesday, Nov. 6. The result of that game was unavailable at press time.

The Bulldogs, who ended the season 10-11, beat Smithville twice to open the regular season in early September.

Kearney’s lone goal came from Julius Green in the 57th minute.

“We didn’t play well in the first half and kind of dug ourselves into a hole,” Forman said. “We got one back that almost went in, like off the crossbar and it didn’t cross the line. We gave it our best effort.”

The defeat also meant the end of a 29-year coaching run from Forman, who helped start the Kearney program. A full story on Forman’s tenure and retirement will be published in a coming edition of the Courier-Tribune.

Eight seniors join Forman in exiting the Bulldogs’ soccer program this offseason.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to graduate with,” he said. “That’s essentially what this is. This is my senior class. What a great group of guys to be able to finish my career with.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at or 389-6643.

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