Joplin used a pair of goals in the first half to secure a 2-0 victory over Carthage High School Tuesday afternoon.


Joplin used a pair of goals in the first half to secure a 2-0 victory over Carthage High School Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Eagles, one of frontrunners to compete for a district title this season, outshot Carthage 17-7. Even so, Carthage keeper Phylicia Lewis recorded 11 saves against Joplin, which took advantage of a swirling wind in the first half.

“The two shots were out of her reach (at the goal),” said Chris Rogers, Carthage head soccer coach. “We played much better than we did last week, and we’re past the point of giving up silly goals, which makes us a better team.”

Joplin, which managed to hold off Carthage’s scoring opportunities, scored in the fifth and 20th minute and did enough defensively in the second half to seal the victory.

“We played a great game against one of the top teams in our district,” Rogers said. “We’re getting better.”

The Lady Tigers return home at 5 p.m. Thursday to face always-tough Hillcrest at Fair Acres Sports Complex.