Pirates down Warriors in district title match

Smithville’s Cooper Milford looks for a pass during the Warriors’ 2-0 loss against Platte County in the district title match Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Kearney.

KEARNEY — The Smithville Warriors’ season came to an end Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Top-seeded Platte County defeated the No. 3 Warriors 2-0 in the Class 3 District 16 championship at the TDR Auto Plaza Activity Center at Kearney High School at Kearney High School.

“They were a little bit better than us this year,” Smithville coach Jon Reed said. “We hung on for 72 minutes, but we just ran out of gas at the end. We didn’t create enough opportunities.”

The Warriors end the season with a 10-12-3 record. Seven of Smithville’s wins came in the second half of the season, including Platte County’s lone loss on Oct. 17.

“We’ve seen them so many times,” Reed said. “Our boys can still be proud that they gave them a loss this year, but you can’t hang your hat on that.”

Most of the contest was scoreless. Platte County’s Calvin Forrester finally broke the deadlock with a goal in the 72nd minute. Chase Peterson put the game away with a goal in the final minute.

“We just lacked that offensive firepower,” Reed said. “We had to manufacture goals in some way, we just couldn’t do it tonight.”

Smithville graduates 10 seniors.

“Seven of them play consistently so next season will be interesting,” Reed said. “We played some good games this season and had a lot of great moments.”

Sports Editor Adam Burns can be reached at adam.burns@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6643.​

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