Watson, Loyd earn All-District soccer honors

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 6/8/22

A season full of ups and downs.

That was the case for the Owensville Dutchgirl soccer duo of senior Paige Loyd and junior Landry Watson.

During the first half of the season, Watson was battling …

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Watson, Loyd earn All-District soccer honors

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A season full of ups and downs.

That was the case for the Owensville Dutchgirl soccer duo of senior Paige Loyd and junior Landry Watson.

During the first half of the season, Watson was battling a nagging knee injury while a should injury sidelined Loyd for nine games during the opening half of the recently completed spring campaign.

In spite of seeing their season end after an 8-0 loss to Westminster Christian Academy in the first round of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 2, District 3 Girls Soccer Tournament, Watson and Loyd were both named to the Class 2, District 3 All-District Team.

Named a First-Team selection, Watson led the Dutchgirls with 33 goals scored which was good for 12th place in the St. Louis area.

Netting six hat tricks (three or more goals in a game) six times, Watson’s season-high for goals in a game came against Dixon in late March with five.

She also scored four goals in three games with two of those efforts coming against St. James and the other in their annual Highway 28 showdown with Belle

Watson’s other two hat tricks scoring three goals also came in their third meeting with St. James and in a May 6 contest with Crocker that was moved to Dutchmen Field due to wet and unplayable field conditions in Crocker.

Adding her 49 goals as a sophomore, Watson will enter her senior season of Dutchgirl soccer needing just 18 goals to become the first Owensville player to reach 100 for her career.

Overcoming her aforementioned shoulder injury, Loyd was named a Second Team All-District selection for Kalyn Kemp’s Dutchgirls.

Making 190 saves throughout her senior season, Loyd won seven matches with six being shutouts.

Stopping five shots against Fatima in their season opener, Loyd helped her Dutchgirl offense score that many goals against the Lady Comets.

Hitting a rough patch, Loyd was able to get back on track in late April winning four matches in a row against St. James (twice), Belle and Fatima.

Three of those matches were shutouts for the senior keeper.

Loyd’s season-high for saves came in early May with 21 stops in an 8-0 road loss to St. Clair.

She also had double-digit saves in 10 other matches.

“Both girls deserved their All-District honors after working hard to overcome their injuries,” Dutchgirl assistant soccer coach Barb Loyd said.

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