The 2022 Bank of Missouri Fall Cape Classic recreational tournament was underway November 5-6th in Cape Girardeau.  Cape’s beautiful, 14-field Shawnee Sports Complex hosted a whopping 108 teams, seven of which were from our own Sullivan Soccer league.  For the past three years, our coaches have found this regional tournament successful for their players, and with an overall record this season of 13 wins, six losses, and one tie, it was no different.

The Screaming Eagles Kindergarten team was coached by Brea & Jacob Lambert and Kevin Ijames Jr.  While the tournament does not keep standings for this age group, the boys had a great time. They received medals for participating in the coed division.  The boys were competitive in all games due to defensive performances by Kevin Ijames III, Weston Sappington, Tyson Schatz, Henry Todd, and Collin Voss.  Offensive plays were led by Deacon Alexander, Jack Bunk, Weston Isenagle, Ezra Lambert, and Charlie Reinhold.

Jeff Herron’s 1st/2nd girls Lil’ Eagles team started the tournament with an early morning win of 4-0 over Perryville-Abernathy and tied Jackson 0-0.  They finished in second place after playing a very close back-and-forth game against Saline Co., ending at 1-2 in their final competition.  The team consists of Luna Amrein, Josephine Berti, Paislee Bridgeman, Riley Bryan, Kaylor Halbert, Leah Herron, Macie Hill, Malone Lattimore, Ryan McCulloch, Anistyn Record, Elodie Scholl, Kaylee Tanner, and Kinsley Teboe.

Travis Carollo’s 1st/2nd-Grade boys, the Sullivan Jr. Eagles, worked hard as a team and continue to grow their knowledge and skill as soccer players. The team dominated their bracket, defeating Mineral Area SC and Sikeston 7-0.  They secured 1st place with a 4-1 win over the Kennett Jaguars.  Jr. Eagles players pictured from left to right:  Bo Schatz, Lucca Carollo, Nolan Schatz, Luca Alu, Lincoln Rommel, Coach Travis Carollo, Henry Reinhold, Cohen Isgriggs, Shaw Cotner, Coen Kaufman, Tanner Melton, and Bentley Lane.

The Jr. Lady Eagles 3rd/4th girls team, coached by Eric and Kelly Roberts, and Katie Moss, also brought home a second-place trophy.  The girls dropped their first game in a nail-biter 2-3 to Salem Bobcats.  The spirited team regrouped and won their next three games, defeating Perryville Blyzes, Perryville Blast, and UCSL Lady Wildcats. The team’s offense was led by Audrey Herron, Bella Landa, Presley Lattimore, Maddie Moss, Sage Newbanks, and Audrey Roberts.  The team couldn’t have won without the hard work of the midfielders and defenders Davaney Alexander, Sailer Crump, Camry Hanneken, Briella Huebner, Tianna Patterson, Mila Taylor, Addison West, and goalkeeper Ruthie Schatz.

The 5th/6th Eagles boys team coached by Matt Isgriggs consisted of boys from 3rd to 6th grade.  They successfully worked their way to the semi-finals game with a 4-1 win over Salem Bobcats.  Their run ultimately came to an end after a loss in the semi-finals. The Eagle’s determination and effort were not undermined by the loss but highlighted by their ability to compete in a division where most players were a division older.  This young team consisted of Adyn Bowen, Jace Bradford, Wesson Branson, Easton Crump, Truman Davis, Greyson Griffin, Sam Hulsey, Kelston Isgriggs, Isaac Levine, Kaleb Perry, Cole Rosenzweig, Wesley Schmidt, Ashton Strosnider, Cameron Strosnider, and Kason Stout.

The Lady Eagles’ 5th/6th girls, coached by Eric and Kelly Roberts, having competed together in this tournament before, had high expectations.  The team came out firing on all cylinders Saturday morning to beat Marion, IL, by 4-0.  Saturday’s second game was a spirited contest against a tough Cape Girardeau team.  The Lady Eagles took a 2-1 lead but ultimately lost 3-2. The girls regrouped and beat a very physical team from Poplar Bluff 3-1 on Sunday morning, sending them to the championship game.  It was another highly competitive match against the same Cape team.  Although they had a decided advantage in shots and possession, they fell 1-0 in a heartbreaking loss.

Madison Herron, Nahla Lambert, and Jocelyn Lattimore led the offense this weekend for the team’s second-place finish.  Meanwhile, Aubrey Carollo, Jacklyn Craig, Sophia Garcia, and Piper McCulloch kept the Lady Eagles organized in midfield. The team’s stout defense by Dana Amrein, Corena Brauninger, Hannah Day, Crimson Hulsey, Aubree Isgriggs, and Payton Weiskopf kept the ladies in each game. At the same time, Kristen Tanner and Madelyn Henry demonstrated excellent skills in goal.

The 7th/8th Sullivan Eagles co-ed team, coached by Jeff Herron, finished their first game against Saline Co. with a comeback win of 3-2 and won their Saturday evening game against the Kennett Jaguars 4-0.  Sullivan squared off against Perryville on Sunday, both teams coming into the championship game undefeated. The Eagles team went down 0-1 early on but came roaring back with a 5-2 win to take first place.  The championship game saw goals scored by Mollie Denney, Andi Giebler, Luke Herron, Phoenix Taylor, and an incredible diving save by keeper Zaiden Marler!  Oliver Amrein, Noah Clonts, Jack Day, Mariah Denney, Mollie Denney, Patrick Funke, Nathan Garcia, Beau Jenkins, Eden Lambert, Reed Newbanks, Benjamin Tanner, and Thomas Tod rounded out this fantastic group of athletes.

Sullivan Soccer would like to thank the extraordinary parents of these athletes for being true representatives of Sullivan’s competitive nature while exhibiting excellent sportsmanship.  To our athletes, your coaches and parents are incredibly proud of the loyalty, grit, determination, compassion, and perseverance you demonstrated this weekend.

 

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