SMNW Cougars: 2013 Varsity

2013 Varsity
Monday, August 26
Varsity News

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2013 Varsity Roster

  • Collin Jones Senior
  • Evan Miller Senior
  • Tyler Nelson  Senior
  • Cody Peterson         Senior
  • Steven Skells Senior
  • Matt Springston Senior
  • Hunter Thompson Senior 
  • Sam Adams Junior
  • Ethan Bowman Junior
  • Harrison Chen Junior
  • Tom Green  Junior
  • Cole Nelson Junior
  • Sam Nobrega Junior
  • Pat Shreve Junior
  • Ryan D'Silva Sophomore
  • Rex Johnson Sophomore
  • Nate Jones Sophomore
  • Seth Bowman Freshman

    SMNW Cougars Varsity Soccer Game Repots

    Good day Cougar fans, the Varsity season got underway with the 32nd Olathe Soccer Tournament. Three games spread over six days.

    Game 1 SMNW (3) vs Park Hill South (4)

    The first game of the tournament kicked off with what turned out to be somewhat of a ‘goalfest.’ As is often the case with the first game of the season, both teams started warily with some nervy performances.  The Cougars were the first to strike in the 6th minute with a well taken goal by Collin Jones following a deft through ball from Ethan Bowman. The lead was short lived following a PHS equalizer on 8 minutes and although SMNW fought to take the initiative it was PHS who took the lead when they struck again at the 20 minute mark. 16 minutes later, Varsity newbie, Nate Jones made amends with a tenacious performance that saw his first goal with a low driving shot straight through the opposition keeper’s legs.

    Half time 2-2

    With the second half underway, it took a scant three minutes for PHS to take the lead followed by a further goal 20 minutes into the half. Trailing 4 – 2, the Cougars marched on and with 11 minutes remaining Ethan Bowman worked the ball through the PHS defense and slotted past the keeper to close the game 4-3. 

    Game 2 SMNW (4) vs Oak Park (1)

    With the sun low in the sky, a revitalized Cougars stepped out to face Oak Park in the second game of the tournament. A vastly improved SMNW immediately took control of the game with a series of fine attacking plays. The breakthrough came 13 minutes in with a fine Cole Nelson free kick deep inside the Oak Park half. The set piece cleared the opposition wall and evaded their keeper to give the Cougars a well-deserved lead.

    Half time 1 – 0

    The second half bought much of the same with the Cougars pressing well in attack, however an unlucky break saw Oak Park equalize on 10 minutes. Just three minutes later, Collin Jones replied with a fine shot from an Ethan Bowman assist. The Cougars were once again in control and it didn’t take long for a another goal to be chalked up; The ever-present Cole Nelson worked the ball to the front of the OP goal and then laid the ball off for an on rushing Seth Bowman to score his first Varsity and SMNW goal. Despite the two goal lead, there was no let up by the Cougars and 7 minutes from the end, Ethan Bowman attacking from the right was fouled in the OP penalty area and a penalty was duly awarded. Stepping up to the spot his expertly taken kick sent the keeper the wrong way to add one more goal to the tally. Final score: 4 – 1.

    Game 3 SMNW (1) vs Olathe South (0)

    On a blistering hot Saturday morning, the Cougars faced the Olathe Falcons in the final game of the tournament. A Tom Green assist for an Ethan Bowman Goal provided the only score in what was to be a very physical and hard fought victory. 

    All in all the boys progressed well through the tournament and by the final game we could all see them playing with spirit and working as a cohesive team. It will be with some excitement that we go in to the season proper with what is clearly going to be  the best High School team in Kansas!

    Game 4 SMNW (1) vs Washburn Rural (2)

    Game 5 Monday 9/16 SMNW (3) vs SM East (0)

    The first game at SMAC saw the Cougars give the SME Lancers a lesson in jousting with a comprehensive win and shutout. 

    The game started at an incredible pace but it was the Cougars who pressed the most with plenty of passing and possession, the breakthrough came with some nimble movement by Hunter who finding himself in a goal scoring position to the right of the Lancers goal made a great decision to slide the ball to an open Collin as opposed to shooting himself. Collin made no mistake an placed the ball cleanly in the back of the SME net. Great work and decision making by Hunter Thompson and a clean finish by Collin Jones. The Cougars held the lead despite some spirited attacking play by the Lancers however stout defending and goalkeeping kept the score line through the half.

    Halftime: 1 – 0

    The second half started with a determined SME gaining the lion share of possession. A series of corners saw our defense pressed into action but a series of borderline world-class saves by Steven Skells together with a dominate center-half pairing of Sam Nobrega and Evan Miller held out. It was however on the counter attack that the Cougars came into their own with Cole Nelson feeding a neat through ball to Collin Jones who skipped past the keeper to secure a second for SMNW which was followed by an eerie silence that fell over the Lancers supporters!  15 minutes later Cole once again was instrumental in putting Nate through to make it a Jones hattrick albeit 2 for Collin and one for Nate!  SMNW smelling a shutout changed their formation which was ably orchestrated by the Cougar coaches pulling the tactical strings and giving us a quick geometry lesson to boot! 

    Game 6 Wednesday 9/18 SMNW (1) vs SM West (0)

    Following the win over SME earlier in the week, the Cougars faced the Vikings at SMAC in what turned out to be close win.

    The Cougars now affected with a couple injuries (Ethan Bowman and Noah Waller) were bolstered with some fresh faces from JV. Despite this the expectation was for the Cougars to be the stronger side, however although SMNW prevailed the game was to be far from a pushover as a scrappy and sometimes nervy performance ensued. The Cougars struggled to gain control of the first half and lacked the fluidity and speed that was displayed in the earlier game of the week. That said our style of play was not helped by some pretty ‘robust’ challenges by the Vikings that were certainly in the character of their namesake (pillaging aside!). There was however some bright moments especially from Pat Shreve who made a series of charging runs down the left and a shot that rattled the SMW cross-bar.

    Halftime 0-0

    The Cougars entered the second half with more purpose and started to string together some real opportunities however again the natural SMNW style of play was thwarted by the Vikings and no real breakthrough could be made. It looked like extra time beckoned were it not for a foul on Hunter Thompson which felled him in the box. The referee dutifully pointed to the spot. Hunter stepped up and thundered the ball into the right hand corner to provide the only goal of the night. Sometimes you have to grind out a result and this was one of those times, still a win is a win and the boys did well to hang in there!

    Game 7 Monday 9/16 SMNW (6) vs Olathe North (1)

    The third game at SMAC saw a rampant Cougars run riot with a decisive victory over the ON Eagles. 

    Pressing high up the field the Cougars had the lion share of the play and 12 minutes in, the breakthrough was made; Collin Jones was bought down in the Eagles penalty area and the referee duly pointed to the spot. Stepping up Collin calmly placed the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net to register the first goal of many. With the Cougars in the ascendency, the next ‘eagle feather’ plucked was a little over 3 minutes later through a wonderfully taken volley by Cole Nelson and with what seemed barely enough time for the referee to place the ball back on the center spot, SMNW were art it again! Hunter working the ball into the right flank of the Eagles penalty area found Collin Jones in space who drove the ball in for Pat Shreve to steer it into the goal to make it 3 in 8minutes. Now in complete control, the Cougars allowed the Eagles a few brief forays into their own half with no real threat aside from a weakly awarded penalty that ON failed to convert. As if jolted into action, SMNW immediately replied with a neat goal by Cody Peterson; Hunter slotted the ball over to an on rushing Cody. As if by way of a consolation, 1 minute from the end, the Eagles broke through to score one of their own. 

    Halftime: 4 – 1With the second half underway, it took just 2 minutes for the Cougars to strike once again with Hunter drilling a ball past the ON keeper. The Cougars continued to press the advantage high up the field and inevitably were exposed to an Eagles counter attack, although rarely troubling the stout SMNW defense; ON did manage to break free with a one-on-one with the keeper. Steven read the danger beautifully and made sliding tackle well out of his box to nullify the danger and earning himself a very dubious yellow card in the process. The final goal of the game came just 10 minutes into the half with what it probably the goal of the season so far. A Cougar corner was taken short by Cole to Hunter. Hunter laid the ball off for Cole to nail it from a very steep angle and leave the Eagles keeper completely perplexed! With the game now well and truly banged to rights, the Cougars could switch players around and we got to see some of the up and coming talent that is rising through the ranks. Most notably was the keeper Von Schnarf who showed his potential with a great saved shot that was tipped over the bar to deny the Eagles a second.

    Finial score 6 – 1 , a very full Booster Club Collection Tin and some very poor spectators!

    Game 8 Thursday 9/26 SMNW (3) vs. Shawnee Mission South (0)

    With winning becoming a habit, the Cougars stepped out once more to a rapturous home support welcome. Joining them on the field were the SMS Raiders who were clearly up for the challenge. With the game underway, SMS were quick to the ball and mounted a series of early attempts on goal. SMNW stayed firm and gradually started to take control of the game and were rewarded with the only goal of the half at the 18 minute mark.  Nate Jones slipped his marker to nod the ball into the back of the net.

    Half Time 1 – 0

    A shade less than eight minutes of play saw the Cougars double their lead. A wonderful long ball from Sam Nobrega was received by Collin Jones who worked past two defenders to find space and shoot a low stinging shot into the net. Despite much pressure, the Raiders just couldn’t find a way through and the game was finally put well and truly beyond their reach with a truly heroic piece of play from a Tom Green corner. Sam Adams who steered the ball in to make it three but It was only after the referee had blown his whistle that the enormity of Sam’s effort could be seen; with the ball pinging around in a veritable melee, Sam, with a complete disregard for his personal safety, face planted the ball from the feet of an SMS defender to make it a truly memorable face off! Full time 3 – 0.

    Game 9 Tuesday 10/01 SMNW (2 ) vs Lawrence Free State (0)

    A travelling Cougars team faced a spirited Lawrence ‘Firebirds’ but there was to be no ‘phoenix form the ashes’ with this one. The Cougars commanded much of the play and rightly deserved the victory with the added bonus of another clean sheet.

    Game 10 Thursday 10/3 SMNW (0) vs. Olathe East (2)

    A tough home game at SMAC saw the Cougars fall prey to the Hawks in what would ultimately be a 2 nil defeat. Some questionable officiating clearly contributed to the evenings frustrations. Still the odd loss is character building (probably………)

    Game 11 Monday 10/07 SMNW (1) vs Olathe North West (0)

    Monday night’s game proved to be one of the hardest fought matches of the season thus far. A determined Ravens side playing with some real intent had a number of chances to take the lead however the cougar defense stood firm. All in all, the first half proved to be an even affair with both teams striving to take command.

    Half Time 0-0. At the interval, the more aged players and their sprightly parents took to the field to celebrate ‘Seniors Night’ and while it is a proud moment for all of us it is always tinged with a little sadness as there will only be a few more games with Evan, Cody, Tyler, Collin, Hunter, Matt and Steven as the backbone at the Cougars team.

    The second half proved as exciting as the first with both teams pressing for the win but without any breakthrough the dreaded extra-time beckoned. Sure enough with 0-0 at full time , another 10 minutes was put on clock and the Cougars went on the prowl for that elusive golden goal. The best chance fell to Pat with a disallowed goal. It was however deep in the second half of extra time that the breakthrough was made. The ‘ever present’ Cole took a free kick mid-way into the Ravens half. The ball fell into a crowded box and Collin, stooping low, headed the ball into the net. The crowd erupted in joy at the climax of this pulsating evening of soccer.

    Game 12 Thursday 10/10 SMNW (10) vs. Leavenworth High (0)

    A comprehensive and complete annihilation of the Leavenworth Pioneers was jaded only by the absence of Coach Tod Boren. Some said he was sick, others speculated that he had fallen foul of the orange card rules! With the echo of the starting whistle still barely audible the Cougars set about Leavenworth with aplomb. 4 minute in, Collin opened up the scoring from a neat Cole pass. 2 minutes later it was Collin again, this time from a Pat pass. With SMNW now in complete control it took a further 23 minutes of play for the Cougars to strike again but when they did, the goals came in numbers! Hunters first was 10 minutes form the end closely followed by another for Collin to claim his hattrick and finally with 3 minutes remaining it was Pat who sprinted past the last defender to bury the ball in the back of the net.

    Halftime 5 – 0

    With the start of the second half, the Cougars picked up from where they had left with Tom running onto a through ball from Hunter just 2 minutes into the half. This was almost immediately followed by another Hunter goal. Collin clearly feeling his position as the games leading scorer was now under threat promptly buried another to make it 4 for him and 8 for the Cougars. Not to out done, Nate received the ball from a superbly taken Sam N free kick to make it 9 and then finally with 15 minutes still remaining, Tom’s corner ball hovered tantalizingly above Evan’s head for him to nod in to make it 10 and a befitting end to the game for our captain to once again demonstrate his towering presence!

    Game 13 Saturday 10/12 SMNW (0) vs Rockhurst (1)

    After two great performances it was frustrating end to the week with a Saturday morning defeat to the Hawklets especially as SMNW played with skill and determination that was easily the equal of the usually stronger Rockhurst team. The first half proved goalless despite some clear cut chances by both teams and some theatrical opposition throw-ins that were reminiscent of a u8 girls team! . Half time 0-0. The second half was again a closely fought affair but it was the Cougars who fell to a sucker punch; with extra time looking a near certainty the referee awarded a dubious free kick to the Hawklets on the edge of the Cougar penalty area. The kick fell in the box and was steered in with just 13 second remaining on the clock. To lose in such a fashion really does not do justice to SMNW. The Rockhurst fixture is always tough with a high quality of play but the Cougars played with equal class and should hold their heads high.



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Handout: 2013 Tournament Info