By Brennan Stebbins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Glendale soccer coach Jeff Rogers had a simple evening on Tuesday, comparatively talking.
Rogers’ Falcons cruised to a 3-1 win at Neosho within the Class 3 quarterfinals, and he advised his gamers afterward that he didn’t should do a lot teaching, however spent many of the evening simply watching.
“My level was I acquired caught up in simply watching how properly we have been taking part in,” he stated. “I didn’t do a lot teaching so I simply loved watching the youngsters play.”
Glendale earned a berth within the closing 4 for the seventh time at school historical past. The Falcons have been final there in 2018 after they received 6-2 at Neosho in one other quarterfinal showdown.
“That is who we’re,” Rogers stated. “We anticipate to be in these video games.”
“Our children are used to taking part in at a excessive stage and we’re peaking on the proper time,” he stated. “We got here in right here, there was no approach we felt like we have been the underdog tonight for certain. And our youngsters stepped up and performed that approach.”
The Falcons by no means trailed on Tuesday, main 1-0 on the half and cruising after the break. Neosho’s lone objective got here within the closing minute.
Glendale opened the scoring within the twenty seventh minute after a free kick on a objective by sophomore Andrei Balanean with senior Aaron Baldwin aiding.
“Andrei is a specialist at that stuff,” Rogers stated. “He’s a child who brings his personal bag of balls, he exhibits up early for apply, he stays late and he works on these on a regular basis so anytime he steps on that sort of look we’re assured he’s going to get a superb look and he simply buried it close to put up.”
The Falcons had two extra good scoring possibilities within the closing minutes of the half however got here up empty due to a pair of highlight-reel performs by the Wildcats.
The primary got here within the thirty second minute on a header off a deep throw in close to the Neosho objective. Wildcat senior Diego Vargas intercepted the ball with a header of his personal and despatched it over the crossbar.
Balanean took one other shot lower than two minutes later that was headed for the again of the web earlier than Neosho senior keeper Kayden Wooden made a diving save to his left.
The Falcons made it a 2-0 recreation within the 53rd minute when Baldwin despatched an ideal ball in entrance of the objective to junior Biak Lian, who punched it in.
Baldwin had a near-miss of his personal within the 58th minute, however the Falcons struck once more with quarter-hour to play when junior Charlie Raridon cleaned up a nook and scored from the proper facet.
Neosho’s objective got here on a header by senior Vance Montgomery following a nook kick.
The Wildcats missed a number of different possibilities. Sophomore Juan Perez missed a foot-and-a-half excessive on a shot within the first half after which once more a foot extensive left early within the second half. Junior Gabriel Zapete hit the crossbar within the fifty fifth minute and senior Alberto Robledo practically scored with 15 seconds to play however Glendale junior keeper Camden Meyer made a diving cease.
“I actually thought we performed properly,” Neosho coach James Carter stated. “I assumed we performed our type of play till the very finish and when you’re going to exit within the final recreation of the yr then that’s the way in which you wish to exit, attacking and possessing and all that stuff. I assumed in all probability the largest distinction, when you’re simply going to sum it up immediately, they scored the couple possibilities they acquired and we didn’t. That’s sort of what the sport got here right down to immediately.”
Each groups took 5 photographs however Neosho possessed the ball greater than 20 minutes greater than Glendale did. Carter stated it took the Wildcats a while to settle in within the first half.
“What we discovered the final 10 minutes is after we’re attacking we’re most snug and so they have been most uncomfortable,” he stated. “We got here out the second half and I assumed we did that nearly the entire half. It’s simply sort of a type of issues the place the couple possibilities we had – and also you’re solely going to get a number of in a recreation like this – we simply couldn’t put them away.”
Rogers was ecstatic with Glendale’s play, saying he thought the Falcons received each side of the sport.
“We have been properly ready and I believe there was little doubt who the higher crew was tonight,” he stated.
“We’re taking part in our greatest soccer proper now and I’m simply completely happy for the youngsters.”
The Falcons improved to 17-4 and have received 9 in a row heading right into a semifinal matchup with Ft. Zumwalt South (21-4) on Saturday. Glendale has allowed only one objective in that span.
“That is my thirtieth yr doing this,” Rogers stated. “I really like being out right here with these youngsters and that is one of the best time of the yr for us.”
Neosho finishes with a 19-2 report and the loss snapped a 16-game successful streak for the Wildcats, who misplaced within the Class 3 semifinals final season. The crew stated goodbye to the 11 seniors on the varsity roster, a gaggle that helped win 60 video games in 4 years.
“To sum it up I believe this program’s actually simply in debt to that senior class and possibly a debt I don’t know if we’ll ever be capable to repay,” Carter stated. “They only gave us a lot. 4 straight district championships, sectional wins, quarterfinal wins, journey to the state playoffs. They actually sort of set the usual and particularly their emphasis on our yr this yr ending with solely two losses. What I advised them is it actually sort of units the usual for what this program can do.”