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Only a sophomore, but Ozark's Kondracki more than willing to deliver clutch goals


Chloe Kondracki is receiving confirmation that devoting all her efforts toward soccer was the right decision for her.

The sophomore forward leads Ozark with seven goals, after splitting her time between the jayvee and varsity a year ago.

Kondracki did not go out for volleyball last fall for the first time since she started playing the sport. Instead, she extended her time playing club ball for Sporting Springfield from the summer to the fall.

“I did like volleyball a lot. But I wanted to focus on soccer,” Kondracki said. “Going back between the two (sports) got me tired. My teammates have told me I've improved so much by focusing on just one sport. I'm stronger and more physical and I've gotten better on my touches.”

Kondracki has shined come crunch time. She netted a winning goal in Ozark’s 2-1 double-overtime win at Springfield Catholic and had the first goal in the Lady Tigers’ 3-1 PKs shootout victory last week versus Nixa.

Kondracki welcomes the challenge of being Ozark’s first player to go for a goal during PKs shootouts.

“(Ozark coaches) asked us before we went out, 'Who wants to kick it?' I said, 'Me,' with confidence,” Kondracki said.

Kondracki has also responded well to exceptionally physical contests such as the Ozark-Nixa clash.

“It makes me want to play harder,” she said. “I’m pretty competitive and I play better mad. Whenever someone pushes me, I'll go back and push them back.”