The Jefferson City Lady Jays entered the soccer season wanting to leave their mark in the history of the program. So far, they have. And there are still goals ahead, starting tonight when Jefferson City travels to face the Blue Springs South Jaguars in a Class 3 sectional contest.
Jacob Wadley thought it was a job he wanted. And now, he’s got it. “It was always in the back of my mind,” Wadley said Tuesday after he was announced as the new wrestling coach at Helias High School. “I’ve always loved the program, being raised in such a successful program, you always have pride about it. “I feel like this is God’s will for my life.”
It looked like a typical Helias ball game.
The Helias Lady Crusaders did everything they could in overtime, dominating play in the two 10-minute sessions. They did everything except get the win. The Hickman Kewpies outscored the Lady Crusaders 3-1 in the penalty-kick phase in taking a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at the 179 Soccer Park.
Pitching and defense can take you a long way in baseball. On Tuesday, it took the Helias Crusaders to the win column.
It’s a good news-bad news situation. The good? The Jefferson City Lady Jays have made a habit of scoring first in recent games. Taking the lead is never a bad thing in soccer. The bad? Things seem to slow down after that. “It’s got me worried,” Lady Jays coach Matt Stacey said after Jefferson City topped the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs 2-1 on Monday at the 179 Soccer Park. “We score, then we seem to step back and put things on cruise control.”
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A double play is a pitcher’s best friend. On Wednesday, it was particularly chummy with the Helias Crusaders. “Especially after five hit batters and a walk,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said after the Crusaders dispatched the Pacific Tigers 13-3 in 4 1/2 innings on Senior Day at the American Legion Sports Complex.
They could really put on a show in tonight’s edition of the crosstown showdown. With the talented squads the Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders bring into the game, it promises to be a high-level contest at the 179 Soccer Park.
Two quick goals may have taken a bit of the edge off for the Helias Lady Crusaders. Not that it showed up on the scoreboard. “We got a little stagnant, but we still controlled the game,” Helias coach Brad Dempsey said Monday night after the Lady Crusaders blanked the Warrensburg Lady Tigers 3-0 at the 179 Soccer Park.