Saturday, November 29, 2014

OHS soccer starting to click

By The Herald Staff | 4/18/2014

It is that part of the season when things usually start to click for the Ottawa High School soccer players.

Nearly every season, the Cyclones players figure things out about the middle portion of the season. Ottawa is approaching that time, playing its seventh match of the season.

It is that part of the season when things usually start to click for the Ottawa High School soccer players.

Nearly every season, the Cyclones players figure things out about the middle portion of the season. Ottawa is approaching that time, playing its seventh match of the season.

Ottawa fell 5-1 Thursday to Kansas City Christian in Ottawa. The Panthers scored three goals in about a 2:30 span to put some distance between the two teams.

“It is typical what we do,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said. “It takes awhile to actually get there. We are going to get there. We are getting our health back.”

Ottawa went toe-to-toe with the tradition-rich Panthers. Smith said KC Christian has quality players in its program.

The Cyclones gave the visitors all they could handle and could have made it closer on the scoreboard.

“We had good control and possession of the ball for a good part of the game,” Smith said. “We had trouble getting the finish.

“You have to give their defense credit for handling the stuff we tried to get going. They shut us down.”

The Panthers scored two goals in the final 38 seconds of the first half and another two minutes into the second half.

Right before that, Ottawa keeper Mallory Fredricks was ran over by a Panther.

“It made her a little bit timid,” Smith said. “We discussed being aggressive at halftime. It has to be a big confidence builder for her.”

KC Christian scored its final goal with five minutes left on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box.

Smith said Ottawa made a mistake defensively on the free kick.

“We automatically have to build a wall,” she said. “That is something we have to fix. They get it now. It was a great shot.”

Ottawa tied the game at 1-1 on a nice one-on-one move by Abigail Fangman. She got the ball on a nice pass and beat the keeper for a goal with seven minutes left in the first half.

Smith likes how the Cyclones are rounding into form.

“People are getting comfortable,” she said. “Everything is the same drill over and over. It looks like it is working.

“Little mistake here and a little mistake there. We are not happy with the loss. We have to look how far we have come. They are making runs. The spirits are up. They were not going to quit.”

The reserves are starting to find their stride and beginning to understand their role.

“They have been doing a good job of watching not only the person’s spot they are going in for, but what is the person they are going to be marking is doing,” Smith said. “That is good to see. That is how you learn.”

Ottawa (1-6) plays Tuesday at Gardner.

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