PHOTO GALLERY: Soccer kicks off first official day of Show-Me State Games

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PHOTO GALLERY: Soccer kicks off first official day of Show-Me State Games

The Show-Me State Games officially started on Saturday, with a number of sporting events. Soccer teams braved the heat to compete at the fields of Cosmo Park in Columbia. 

Gavin Gierer, 17, celebrates after scoring the first goal of the match

Gavin Gierer, 17, celebrates after scoring the first goal of the match for the Wentzville Warriors against the Carl Rose Soccer Academy in their U18/U19 boys soccer match during the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 4 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Watching from the shade of a tree on the top of the slope are Gierer's younger brother, his mother and his girlfriend. 

Jersey Reynolds, left, 14, runs up to congratulate fellow forward Landry Watson, 14

Mid-Mo Force Soccer Club forward Jersey Reynolds, left, 14, runs up to congratulate fellow forward Landry Watson, 14, on her second goal of the match during a soccer match at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 3 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Watson's goal came at the final moments of the match and turned a loss into a tie. 

Players from the Lady Wolves of Ashland sit on the bench

Players from the Lady Wolves of Ashland sit on the bench while waiting for the start of their first U14/U15 girls soccer match of the day against the Mid-Mo Force Soccer Club at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 3 on Saturday at Cosmo Park.

McKenna Edwards, 13, eats an orange while coach Barb Loyd places a wet towel on the back of her neck

Mid-Mo Force Soccer Club fullback McKenna Edwards, 13, eats an orange while coach Barb Loyd places a wet towel on the back of her neck before their soccer match against the Lady Wolves of Ashland at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 3 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. 

Dayna Glanz sprinkles the players of the Carl Rose Soccer Academy with water

Dayna Glanz sprinkles the players of the Carl Rose Soccer Academy with water after their win against the Wentzville Warriors in the U18/U19 boys soccer division during the Show-Me State Games on Saturday on Soccer Field 4 at Cosmo Park. Glanz's son, Sam Blaine, coaches the team and her grandson, Drew Blaine, plays on the team as well. 

John Hirschbuehler, 17, takes a throw-in

Wentzville Warriors center midfielder John Hirschbuehler, 17, takes a throw-in during a U18/U19 boys soccer match against the Carl Rose Soccer Academy during the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 4 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Hirschbuehler's father also coaches the Warriors. 

Jacob Rooney, 17, rises above Benny Greenley, 18, to head away an oncoming long pass

Wentzville Warriors defender Jacob Rooney, 17, rises above Carl Rose Soccer Academy player Benny Greenley, 18, to head away an oncoming long pass during their soccer match at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 4 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. 

Drew Copeland, 14, jumps to control a high ball

Mid-Mo Force Soccer Club midfielder Drew Copeland, 14, jumps to control a high ball during a soccer match agains the Lady Wolves of Ashland during the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 3 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. 

Alexander Hernandez, 14, pours some water from a water bottle

Alexander Hernandez, 14, who plays for the 816 Trementos from Kansas City, pours some water from a water bottle on his head after their soccer match against Sporting Columbia 04 at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 4 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Hernandez scored the Trementos’ first goal of the match, but they lost 2-3.

Noveli Collier, 8, takes a corner kick against the Thundercats

Hannibal Honey Badgers player Noveli Collier, 8, takes a corner kick against the Thundercats during the teams’ U9 girls soccer match at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 11 on Saturday at Cosmo Park.

Brandon Russell carries player Clete Gott, 13, off the pitch

Sporting Columbia 04 assistant coach Brandon Russell carries player Clete Gott, 13, off the pitch during their soccer match against Trementos at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 4 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Gott felt better after a few minutes resting on the bench and instead worried about the condition of the player he collided with.

Anna McCrary, 9, saves a shot from the Hannibal Honey Raiders

Thundercats goalkeeper Anna McCrary, 9, saves a shot from the Hannibal Honey Raiders during their U9 girls soccer match at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 11 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. The Thundercats would go on to win the match 6-5. 

Trever Hill, 4, asks the remaining members of the Hannibal Honey Badgers to let him be part of their team

Trever Hill, 4, asks the remaining members of the Hannibal Honey Badgers to let him be part of their team cheer after the end of their soccer match against the Thundercats at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday at Cosmo Park. Hill's sister is a member of the team and their father, Eric Hill, is the team's coach. 

Landry Watson, 14, is congratulated by her teammates after scoring a goal

Mid-Mo Force Soccer Club captain and center forward Landry Watson, 14, is congratulated by her teammates after scoring a goal with the last kick of the match. Her goal helped the team to come back from being one down to tie the U14/U15 girls soccer match against the Lady Wolves of Ashland at the Show-Me State Games at Soccer Field 3 on Saturday at Cosmo Park. "I was just hoping for the best," Watson said of her final shot. 

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