If there’s one thing the Neosho Lady Wildcats can take away from their 2-1 loss to Carthage on Senior Night at Lions Field, it’s that they certainly have the ability to defeat the Lady Tigers.
They’ll get an opportunity to try again on Monday, too, as the conference foes will do battle in the first round of the Class 2, District 12 Tournament at 7 p.m. Monday at Carthage High School.
Neosho controlled everything but the scoreboard on Tuesday. The result easily could have been flipped, but at least two shots skipped past the keeper and ricocheted off the goal posts. Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats controlled the ball deep in Carthage territory for most of the contest. Their only blunders came when the Lady Tigers capitalized on a pair of breakaways.
Carthage scored once in the first half and again in the second.
After missing a goal by mere inches — a shot that banged off of the goal post — in the first half, Neosho senior captain Paige O’Neill got the Lady Wildcats on the board in the second half when she found the back of the net with 18 minutes remaining in the game. That made it 2-1 and came only a minute after Carthage made it 2-0.
The Lady Wildcats later had another shot ricochet off the crossbar in the waning minutes. Carthage led 1-0 at the half. Neosho finished with eight shots on goal.
“I can’t be disappointed with the way we played at all,” Neosho coach Steve Schnackenberg said. “I thought we played well. I thought we had a lot more possession than they did. We see them again on Monday. I think we’ve got some things that we can take care of. We just hope we’re going to see a different result on the scoreboard.”
In her final home game at Neosho, senior keeper Matty Liedtke kept her team in it with three big saves in the game, including her final stop on a one-on-one attempt in the final minute of regulation to keep it close.
The winner of Monday’s game between Neosho and Carthage will advance to take on the winner of Carl Junction versus Webb City at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, for the district title.