Kearney, Smithville paired up in soccer district opener

Kearney’s Kyle Hofer tries to maintain possession in a soccer match against Raytown South on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Kearney High School.

The Kearney and Smithville soccer teams opened the regular season with consecutive games against each other. And, as it turns out, they’ll play in some of the final games of the current prep soccer season.

The No. 2 Bulldogs (10-8) host the No. 3 Warriors (7-10-3) at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in the second Class 3 District 16 semifinal contest.

Top-seeded Platte County (19-1) takes on No. 4 St. Joseph Lafayette (3-16) at 5 p.m.

The semifinal winners promptly move on to the district championship, which will be played at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The Bulldogs won both regular season meetings with the Warriors by one goal in each contest.

Kearney hosts Platte County at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 in a regular-season finale.

Smithville won its past two games in overtime, beating Grandview 1-0 and Excelsior Springs 2-1. The Warriors have been victorious in four of their last five contests.

Liberty & Liberty North

The Eagles are the host of the Class 4 District 15 tournament.

No. 4 Liberty North (6-14-2) drew top-seeded Park Hill South (13-6) in the semifinal round at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Panthers won both regular season meetings.

No. 2 Blue Jays (11-8) will follow the Eagles with a semifinal contest against No. 3 North Kansas City (14-6) at 7:30 p.m. It’ll be the first meeting between the two sides.

The Eagles dropped a heartbreaker at Staley, falling 3-2 in overtime on Monday, Oct. 28. They traveled to Lee’s Summit for a regular-season finale Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Liberty dropped a conference match 1-0 to Lee’s Summit ahead of its regular-season finale with St. Joseph Central on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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

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