SMITHVILLE — On a soggy rainy day Tuesday, May 7, the Warriors soccer team met with the Raiders from Pembroke Hill and came away with a 4-0 victory.
In what would be half of two sides, Pembroke Hill controlled the ball possession early and for most of the first half held the ball in Warrior territory. Despite the lack of ball possession, Smithville capitalized on key opportunities and senior Kaityln Case opened the scoring with 30:30 left in the half.
Case’s goal would be the only offensive momentum for the Warriors until late in the first half with six seconds to go. Junior Skylar Brooks found a deflection and placed it perfectly in the back of the net to give Smithville a 2-0 lead going into the half.
“I think that is what kind of keyed our second half,” coach Jon Reed said. “We have a one-goal lead at halftime, we are one mistake from being tied. It opened up for us to get more chances.”
After halftime, the Warriors carried the momentum into the early minutes, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of half No. 2. First up was senior Kaitlin West, who scored seconds into the half and then fellow senior Kierstin Darr added another in the 46’.
This put the score at 4-0, and that would be enough for the victory as the Warriors would push back any advances by the Raiders offense the rest of the half. The victory is the third straight for the Warriors after enduring a four-game losing streak.
“It is nice to get to play a quality team, one of the top teams in Class 2, so we can get better,” Reed said. “We don’t want to play some of those teams we may win eight, nine or 10 to nothing because we can practice on scoring and that’s about it.”
The rough stretch for the Warriors was filled with quality opponents as they suffered two losses to Platte County, and one each to Kearney and St. Pius X. All three of these teams are at least four games above .500, and Smithville battled with each falling 1-0 in all four of the games.
Smithville will have one more chance to improve the win streak before district play begins when they take on Grandview Thursday, May 9, at home.
District play will start Monday, May 13, with a game against Platte County in Smithville.