Smith-Cotton’s soccer Tigers kept their undefeated West Central Conference season intact with a 2-0 win over the Kansas City Center Yellowjackets Thursday night at Susie Ditzfeld Memorial Soccer Field.
Despite the inclement weather, a large turnout showed up to bid adieu to the 13 seniors, who were playing their final game at home in their high school soccer careers on Senior Night.
The game was played under a brutal west wind, rain and cold.
“I would say the wind was a huge factor,” said S-C head coach Ethan Weller, whose team improved to 14-6 overall and 8-0 in the West Central Conference and the Tigers’ seventh straight win. The Tigers have not lost since falling 1-0 to Springfield Catholic in the Kickapoo Tournament. “The good thing about the wind was it wasn’t blowing from the north or south, it was more of a crosswind, so both teams had to battle it in both halves.”
Zac Volk put the Tigers on top 1-0 in the first half off a corner kick by Timmy Lor.
“They (Center) tried to knock it down,” said Weller. “It deflected off one of their players and it rolled out to Zac and he put it back in.”
In the second half, it was Volk scoring his second goal of the match, again off a corner kick by Lor for his second assist of the night.
The match was not typical of games between the two schools. Two years ago, S-C spread the ‘Jackets 10-0 both at home and in the city.
“They’ve had a reorganization of the school district up there and the district lost its accreditation,” Weller explained. “Center got a lot of good players into their school. They started being a pretty good team last year.”
It was the sixth shutout victory of the season for the Tigers, all of them recorded by senior goalie Ryan Akin.
Two conference matches on the road – Tuesday at Warrensburg and Wednesday night at St. Pius – stand between the Tigers and an undefeated West Central Conference championship season. S-C closes out its regular season Thursday at Community Christian in Lee’s Summit, a team coached by former Sacred Heart Coach Carlos McField. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.