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Soccer team wins district

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

After defeating Maryville 2-0 in the first round of Districts, the Platte County Pirate girls’ soccer team was able to advance to the District 8 Semifinals.

In a game that would prove to be a defensive struggle, the 11-7-4 Pirates faced off against the 8-10-4 Smithville in the District 8 Semifinals.

Neither team was able to score through the first half of action, as the Pirates were led by the goal play of junior goalkeeper Tara Porter.

In the second half of the game, both teams remained scoreless. Porter continued to pitch a strong shutout performance as regulation play came to an end. At the end of regulation, the game was still knotted at zero apiece between the Pirates and Smithville.

In the first overtime, both teams were still unable to score. Porter continued her strong goal play and helped to keep the shutout for the Pirates. The game still remained tied at the end of the first overtime.

The game was finally decided between in the second overtime when a goal was finally scored. Senior Jessica McCammon scored a game-winning goal for the Pirates part in the second overtime.

This victory over Smithville meant that the Pirates would advance to play Lafayette in the District 8 Championship.

After the win over Smithville, the Pirates overall record improved to 12-7-4, and they were set to face the 13-8-2 Lafayette. Despite the slightly better record of Lafayette, the Pirates were able to easily handle Lafayette.

The Pirates dominated the entire game and Porter was able to post yet another defensive shutout at goalkeeper. The Pirates defeated Lafayette by a final score of 4-0. Junior Amanda Cole had two goals for the Pirates, and sophomores Heather Tanck and Hillary Tanck, who each had one goal apiece, followed Cole.

The victory over Lafayette improved the Pirates over 13-7-4. For the first time in the history of the young soccer program at Platte County, the Pirates were able to win Districts. By winning Districts, the Pirates qualified for the State tournament, being the first soccer team, boy or girl, from Platte County to qualify for State.