Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ottawa soccer plays double OT draw

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/1/2013

Going into double overtime was not exactly what the Ottawa High School girls soccer team wanted. The Cyclones are closing the season with eight matches in the final two weeks.

Tuesday’s home match was the first of the back-to-back matches. Ottawa fell to Bonner Springs 2-1 on Monday. Neither Ottawa nor Harmon could find the back of the net in 100 minutes of action. The match ended in a scoreless tie.

Going into double overtime was not exactly what the Ottawa High School girls soccer team wanted. The Cyclones are closing the season with eight matches in the final two weeks.

Tuesday’s home match was the first of the back-to-back matches. Ottawa fell to Bonner Springs 2-1 on Monday. Neither Ottawa nor Harmon could find the back of the net in 100 minutes of action. The match ended in a scoreless tie.

The Cyclone players were exhausted, but coach Kelly Smith said this bunch will be ready come today for its match against Tonganoxie.

“It will not be a problem for these girls,” she said. “The problem will be ‘will the legs be there’. Eight games in two weeks time.

We are not the only team in this situation.”

Smith said Ottawa has overcome a lot of obstacles with the weather and playing schedule.

“Why not have one go into double overtime,” Smith said.

Ottawa carried the play for most of the match, but was unlucky on its shots. Ottawa had several hit the post or top of the bar.

“Maybe at some point we will actually get one in the net and not on the post,” Smith said. “We have the post well-marked at this point.”

Ottawa senior Cydney Lewis had some opportunities just miss.

“Cydney is horribly frustrated,” Smith said. “She is putting more pressure on herself than her teammates or Daniel Nathan or I. Several players have had the freakiest shots that have not gone in.

“One of Cydney’s shots literally skimmed across the top of the [line]. It is there.”

Ottawa also adjusted to the heat with back-to-back 80-degree days, which was the warmest temperatures of the season.

Smith said getting close to goals and wins is frustrating.

“They did an excellent job of keeping their composure,” Smith said. “It is hard not to do. You get close. You work the ball around and done what you practice ... boom ... you hit the post.

“We were just unlucky. I am sorry we did not win. We did not lose.”

The players made adjustments on the field. Smith said switches were made during the heat of battle.

“They were thinking ahead,” Smith said.

The coach did her best to keep the Ottawa players as fresh as possible.

“We have a lot of young players,” Smith said. “We are lacking depth. Gracie Chappell and Paige Peterson are getting good experience.”

Lewis scored Ottawa’s goal against Bonner Springs off an assist from Morgan Fredricks.

Ottawa plays today at Tonganoxie and at home 2 p.m. Saturday versus Basehor-Linwood.

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