Poplar Bluff soccer overcomes 3-goal deficit, falls at Union in opener

UNION, Mo. — Poplar Bluff overcame a three-goal deficit but a penalty kick sank the Mules 4-3 in their season opener at Union.

The Wildcats led 3-1 at halftime but Poplar Bluff tied it on a penalty kick by Alex Ketcherside for the junior's second goal.

Union was awarded two penalty kicks later but Poplar Bluff keeper Justin Moses stopped the second to keep it a one-goal game. The junior had eight saves.

Zak Lipsey scored Poplar Bluff's first goal on a cross from Parker Nagy. Ketcherside scored early in the second half off a cross from Maliek Clinton and his penalty kick came after a handball by the Wildcats in front of their net.

Mules coach Rusty Crafton said the host came out ready to play after losing in overtime at Poplar Bluff last season.

"They're a good team, tough team," he said. "Right what we needed."

Poplar Bluff won the junior varsity game 4-2.

SOFTBALL

Neelyville 19, Alton 3

After a close game early, Neelyville scored 14 runs in the final three innings, including eight in the top of the seventh for a road win Tuesday.

Peyton Reinbott scored four times for Neelyville and was 3 for 3 with three RBIs, three walks and a triple. She also pitched in the win and allowed four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Naylor 7, Sikeston 5

The Eagles rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Ricky Spargo had the go-ahead RBIs after two runs scored on her fielder’s choice. Alyssa urich pitched in the win and allowed two hits over four 2/3 innings in relief. Aribi Pruett was 3 for 3 at the plate for Naylor (1-1).

BASEBALL

East Carter 10, Bernie 0

Alex Kearbey, Jason Carter and Raymond Ochoa threw a combined no-hitter in the Redbirds’ season opener.

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