Dutchgirl soccer nets four all-district players

By: 
Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Reaching the district championship game paid big dividends for Jordan Palmer’s Owensville Dutchgirl soccer team this past spring.

In spite of seeing their season end losing 3-1 to St. Clair in the Class 2, District 9 championship match, OHS had four players voted to the C2D9 All-District Team by coaches from St. Clair, Owensville, Sullivan and St. James.

They included senior goal keeper Alexis Altemeyer, junior forward Destinee Busenhart, sophomore mid fielder Katelyn Landolt and freshman forward Anna Finley.

Altemeyer allowed just three goals in the tournament with all of them coming in the championship match against St. Clair.

Helping the Dutchgirls reach the district title match for the first time as a Class 2 program and second overall, Altemeyer shutout Sullivan’s Lady Eagles 1-0 in the district semifinals.

Nearly needing overtime, Busenhart found the back of the net with :30 ticks remaining off a Finley corner kick against the host Lady Eagles.

Busenhart also scored Owensville’s lone goal against the Lady Bulldogs in the district title game that ended OHS’ record-breaking girl’s soccer season at 14-6.

St. Clair’s season ended in the Class 2 quarterfinals with a 5-0 loss to Pleasant Hill after the Lady Bulldogs defeated Logan-Rogersville 4-1 during the sectional round.

Three additional opponents on Owensville’s schedule reached their respective district championship matches.

Winning their 15th consecutive Four Rivers Conference (FRC) title, Union’s Lady Wildcats won the Class 3, District 9 Tournament before advancing all the way to the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 Girls Soccer Championships.

They went on to place fourth in the state in Class 3 Girls Soccer.

The other two aforementioned opponents saw their respective seasons end in their district title matches.

Owensville defeated Laquey 5-3 back on April 9 before the Lady Hornets advanced to the MSHSAA Class 1, District 5 title match against Crocker. Laquey wound up falling to the Lady Lions 5-3.

OHS’ other opponent that reached their district title match was Wright City’s Lady Wildcats.

Falling to Owensville 10-1 on April 10 and 11-1 again on April 27, Wright City upset their way into the MSHSAA Class 2, District 8 championship match against Class 2 girls soccer powerhouse Southern Boone before falling 9-0 to the Lady Eagles.

Prior to Owensville racking up 14 wins this past spring, their previous program record for wins in a season came in the spring of 2015 when Palmer’s Dutchgirls went 8-8-1.  

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