CARL JUNCTION — The Neosho Lady Wildcats, who entered the match on an eight-match winning streak, saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 loss Thursday night against the Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium.
Carl Junction built on its early 1-0 lead with a pair of goals late in the first half and early in the second half, scored by a separation of 49 seconds.

CARL JUNCTION — The Neosho Lady Wildcats, who entered the match on an eight-match winning streak, saw their season come to an end with a 3-0 loss Thursday night against the Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium.
Carl Junction built on its early 1-0 lead with a pair of goals late in the first half and early in the second half, scored by a separation of 49 seconds.
Kecia Houpt scored both goals, the first with only three ticks on the clock before halftime and the second just 46 seconds after halftime.
"That's the big thing to focus on," Neosho head coach Steve Schnackenberg said. "It was a great season. This is a tough loss, yeah, but it was a great season. This group of girls accomplished so much and came in as maybe the underdogs, if you want to say that. They did a lot of great things for themselves and for the program. The score tonight doesn't reflect what we've accomplished.
"Three seconds on the clock on the second goal. That's what it was. A couple missed opportunities and that's the difference in the game. For a group of girls that played so hard together and were there for each other so much, that just makes it that much more tougher for us.
"Macy (Smith) and Hannah (Warren) had a lot to do with it. Those are some big shoes to fill, and we've got a lot of girls sitting there and waiting to fill them. We're excited to see who steps up to do that and just continue the turn we've made to the better."
Neosho's season ends at 15-7 and the Lady Wildcats improved six wins from the previous season.
Smith and Warren are the lone seniors on a Neosho roster that features two juniors, 11 sophomores and five freshmen, including key players Alicia Cooper, Makayla Hayes, Ashley Talley, Laken Schnackenberg and Ashley Weems.
The Lady Wildcats lost for the second year in a row in the district championship game to Carl Junction, last year 4-1 at Webb City. Neosho lost a 3-2 match early in the season to Carl Junction at Bulldog Stadium.
The Lady Wildcats rattled off seven wins in a row to end the regular season, outscoring their opponents 44-3, highlighted by conference wins over Branson (3-0), Willard (2-1), Webb City (3-0) and Carthage (10-0). Neosho finished 5-2 in the Central Ozark Conference Large, with its only losses against Nixa (4-2) and Ozark (7-2).
Neosho players and coaches alike were already talking about the offseason and the hard work necessary to return to a district championship game and reverse the final score.
Carl Junction, who soon will play in the COC, improved to 16-7-1 overall and the Lady Bulldogs will host Republic (16-7) in a sectional match on Tuesday.
Other Class 3 sectional qualifiers include Poplar Bluff (11-12), Festus (12-7), Webster Groves (22-3-2), Visitation Academy (13-6-1), Rockwood Summit (24-1-1), Rolla (21-3-1), Ladue Horton Watkins (24-2), Fort Zumwalt East (12-9-2), Helias Catholic (15-9), Notre Dame de Sion (16-5), Grain Valley (18-5) and Platte County (15-6).