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Washington girls soccer made some history while turning in a dominating performance in its MSHSAA Class 3 home sectional game against Glendale on Tuesday, May 23.

The Lady Jays became the first team in the history of the girls soccer program to win a playoff game, cruising to a 3-0 victory.

Washington (21-4) advances to the Class 3 quarterfinals, where it will host Bolivar (18-1) Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Washington High School.

Bolivar won its sectional contest over Neosho, 5-0.

“We’re excited for the kids and the school. It’s a good thing for the community. The kids have kept themselves focused. We’re fortunate that we’re able to host both the sectional and the quarterfinal games. That’s just the way it worked out,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “The No. 1 thing we tell them before we go on the field is that we’re a big family and we have to have fun. These games are not won if you’re not having fun. You can’t play tight. You just have to have fun.”

Saturday’s quarterfinal winner advances to the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships in Kansas City Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3.

“In my four years here, I never thought we’d be this far. It’s amazing. Now that we’re here, we want to keep winning,” said Washington senior forward Cassidy Nurnberger. “Saturday is going to be amazing, especially since we’ll be on our home field. Hopefully we can get the Sixth Man (student pep club) out here. It’s going to be fun.”

The Lady Jays took a 1-0 lead over Glendale when Cassidy Nurnberger scored in the 29th minute.

“I moved the ball down the sideline and crossed it to one of my teammates. Sarah Becszlko hit the post with a shot. I got to the ball and did everything I could to get it in the back of the net,” Nurnberger said.

Washington made the score 2-0 in the 35th minute when Jena Monehan made a crossing pass to Cierstyn Jacquin, who knocked the ball into the net for a goal.

Washington held a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The Lady Jays made it 3-0 with a goal 17 minutes into the second half, in the 57th minute overall, on a goal by Monehan.

Katie Baer registered the shutout in goal for Washington.

“As a team, we played extremely strong. We’ve been mentally preparing for this game and it’s exciting to win. We had possession probably 90 percent of the time. We’ve been communicating together a lot more,” Nurnberger said.

“We did a great job challenging them. I think we wore out their defenders pretty early,” Fischer said. “We put a lot of shots on net and made their keeper save most of them. When you do that, you’re going to score goals. I’m going to say we had over 20 shots on goal. With the defense we have, if we can get that number of shots on goal, we’re probably going to score three or four goals and it’s pretty tough to score on us.”

The many weapons on the field has made it difficult to defend the Lady Jays.

Since the beginning of the season, I never wanted to be the only one to score,” Nurnberger said. “I’m not selfish. I don’t care who scores. I just want the ball in the net.”

“Cassidy is taking her chances when they come, but with Jena (Monehan), Caitlyn (Vodnansky), Sarah (Becszlko), the Nye girls (Paige and Parker) and Cierstyn (Jacquin), we have so many kids stepping up who are dangerous weapons,” Fischer said. “We have Megan (Yenzer) on set plays, who is deadly. We have (Taylor) Bauer on corner kicks. We have a lot of kids stepping up who are playing great soccer around one of the better kids in Cassidy, who has really been unselfish.”

Photos from Washington’s sectional soccer game against Glendale are below.

Click on the attached link below for a bracket of the MSHSAA Class 3 girls soccer playoffs.


Adam Gauzy, a Washington High School graduating senior, is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Gauzy, a member of both the WHS baseball and track and field teams during the spring sports season, qualified for the state track meet in both the 200- and 400-meter dash. He is the GAC Central champion and the sectional champion in both events.

Gauzy and some of his WHS track and field teammates will compete at the Class 4 State Meet Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, at Jefferson City High School.

In the classroom, Gauzy carried a 4.0 grade-point average at WHS and was the Vice-President of the Class of 2017.

Adam Gauzy


Washington grabbed an early lead and never looked back in securing a 3-1 victory over Union in the girls soccer championship game of the Class 3 District 9 Tournament Wednesday, May 17, at Washington High School.

The Lady Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead 17 minutes into the match and cruised from there.

“It feels great. Dropping to Class 3 put us in with more of a group that we can compete with,” said Washington goalie Katie Baer. “Winning a district championship really brings everyone’s spirits up and makes us want to work even harder.”

It’s Washington’s first girls soccer district championship since 1988 and the second district soccer title this school year after the boys team did it during the fall sports season.

Winning a district championship is something special for the kids on the team,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We have had six seniors lead us on and off the field all year in a very positive and productive way. Having the leadership of the seniors, mixed with the younger talent on the team, has really been fun to watch all season.”

The Lady Jays (20-4) will host a Class 3 sectional contest Tuesday, May 23, against the District 10 champion, either Parkview (9-13-1) or Glendale (8-9-1).

“We’re going to go as far as we can,” Baer said. “We’re going to work really hard and see where it takes us.”

Washington took a 1-0 lead over Union in the third minute on a goal by Jena Monehan.

The Lady Jays made it 2-0 in the 20th minute when Sam Winistoerfer scored on a corner kick.

Just two minutes later in the 17th minute, Megan Yenzer scored on a free kick to make it 3-0.

The score remained 3-0 until Union’s Karlie Peth scored with four minutes remaining in the second half.

I really feel like the game came down to our ability to get off to a great start early in the game. We used our speed well on the outside and gave ourselves three good chances to score within the first five minutes of the game,” Fischer said. “Scoring the first goal allowed us to play with even more confidence, and allowed us to settle into the way we wanted the game to be played.”

Baer said Washington’s defense played a key role.

“I was prepared to face a lot of shots, but my defense backed me up and played great like they always do,” she said.

Our theme this year is to improve each time we take the field, and we have done a good job of learning from some early mistakes in the season,” Fischer said. “We still have a ways to go, but the kids are up for the challenge and ready to get back to work."

Photos below are from Washington’s district championship game against Union.

Click on the attached links below to see the MSHSAA Class 3 playoff bracket and the WHS girls soccer page.


Doug Light is the new varsity head girls basketball coach at Washington High School. He was approved by the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 24.

Light spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the WHS girls basketball program under Adam Fischer, who recently resigned after five years at the helm. Fischer will remain the girls golf and soccer coach at WHS. Light also will coach eighth-grade girls basketball in the fall.

“I’m really excited. Words can explain it. I feel really blessed to be given this opportunity,” said Light, who teaches business at WHS. “Adam made this a job people want. I really like working for this district and the kids here are awesome. I’m excited to get started.”

Light has been in education for 41 years. He’s been a varsity girls basketball head coach for 31 years at Union, Borgia, Jefferson City and Helias. He’s served as athletic director at Borgia, Parkway South and Helias.

In his 31 years as a head girls basketball coach, Light has a career record of 572-258. He’s won 11 district championships, lost in the state quarterfinals twice to the eventual state champion, reached the Final Four a total of four times, and notched two third-place state finishes.

Light was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Doug has a lot of experience coaching girls basketball and has been a part of many successful seasons,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “He’ll also be coaching eighth-grade girls basketball, which will help connect the bridge between middle school and high school. The interaction he’s had with the kids here is exciting. They really like and respect him.”

Light already is hard at work with his new job.

“We’ve begun to have individual player meetings. June will be a busy month. We’ll play in a league at Hermann, we’ll have our Washington Camp June 19-21 and we’re going to the Notre Dame Camp June 23-25, which is something we did at Helias and those girls loved it.”

Light will inherit a senior-dominated team for the 2017-18 season. The program loses just three graduating seniors from the 2016-17 team that reached the sectional playoff round.

“We have a good group coming back, and we welcome any newcomers to the program,” Light said. “Because we’ll have so many seniors, we’ll have to identify the next group coming up to see what we have.”

As far as coaching philosophy, not a great deal will change under Light’s direction.

“I really stressed defense with my past teams and will continue to do that,” Light said. “I like how this team is able to spread the floor and attack the rim. I’ll run sets I’ve used in the past, but we’ll also do a lot of the same things. This is probably the best shooting team I’ve had. We have kids who can bust it from the perimeter. We don’t have a huge post presence, but if we can create space, I think we’ll be able to have success in the post. Losing Kyra (Hardesty) to graduation, we’ll probably have a point guard by committee team.”

Dallas Stapp will return as an assistant coach under Light. With Martina Roth retiring, a new junior varsity coach has not yet been hired, but Light said he does have a candidate in mind.

Doug and his wife Sabrina, who works as a secretary at the Four Rivers Career Center, have three daughters; Emily, Maggie and Molly.

Doug Light


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