The Ozark Tigers played host Thursday night to the visiting Glendale Falcons from Springfield MO.
It was a warm, windy night as the first wave of Tropical Storm Issac was entering the Ozarks area. The Tigers were preparing to play their second game of the season. Glendale was opening their Fall season with only five returning players from last year’s Varsity team.
After Glendale allowed an early goal off a scrambled ball in the box, that was headed into the net by Ozark Sophomore Hunter Wallace in the sixth minute, the first half came to a close with the score Ozark 1, Glendale 0.
Glendale’s Head Coach Jeff Rogers must have given his boys a lively talk during the break, as Glendale came out swarming the Ozark back line and goal keeper in the second half.
Ozark’s regular starting goal keeper, Junior Hunter Earnest, was setting the game out after he hyper-extended his right arm earlier in the week. No worries tonight though, as Freshman Keeper TJ Shelton stopped the Falcon storm dead in its’ tracks. TJ stopped 12 shots on goal in the second half to give Ozark it’s second victory of the season.
Ozark Head Coach Tom Davidson was pleased with the way his team played Thursday evening. ”After playing a very even first half, we just couldn’t get the ball out of the back field in the second half. I give Glendale alot of credit for the way they played in the second half. So much of soccer is about getting a result.” Ozark certainly got the result.
TJ Shelton is the Soccer In The Ozarks man of the match.
The Ozark Tigers will face the Parkview Vikings on September 5th at 6:30 in Sprinfield, MO. Glendale plays Pembroke Hill on Friday August 31st at 7:00 pm on the new artificial turf at Glendale High School.