There was no TV cameraman on hand to capture film of Nixa’s 6-0 triumph over Ozark on Wednesday, but Bailey Reynolds again scored on a highlight-reel free kick.
Coaches sometimes honor their seniors on ‘Senior Night’ by inserting them to the starting lineup, if they aren’t already starting. If Nixa coach Evan Palmer follows that tradition this season, he will start exclusively seniors.
Kelsi Moore and her teammates aren’t usually in need of convincing anyone of Nixa’s prowess, given the program’s seven District championships and seven COC titles over the past 11 years.
At times during her formative years as a soccer player, Nixa’s Bailey Reynolds wondered if she was learning instead how to play hockey.
After opening Ozark’s scoring in a District final Wednesday, Dillon Holesapple closed things out Saturday in the Tigers’ 2-1 overtime victory against Nixa in a Class 4 Sectional.
Adrian Ortega is articulate enough to put into words how much confidence he has in his older brother and Ozark teammate Jose. But Adrian prefers to let his hands do the work to demonstrate his faith in Jose’s legs and more specifically his left foot.
REPUBLIC — As Andrew Butler worked with the ball in front of Nixa’s goal Monday, Carson Palmer made his way well within earshot of Butler. But Palmer still worried when he yelled, if he would be able to get the attention of his Nixa teammate and long-time buddy.
Jose Ortega hopes as he gets more comfortable kicking with his right leg, he’ll be able to finish similar scoring chances he didn’t convert on in Ozark’s 3-0 loss to Branson on Tuesday.
BRANSON — Having waited longer for his first goal of a season than ever before, Zach Naugle was nearly overcome by emotions upon scoring Tuesday.
Trevor Carlton didn't play in last year's Ozark-Nixa contest, so the Tigers sophomore goalkeeper could be forgiven for not immediately being able to recall who won.