Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Momentum switch hurts OHS soccer

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/6/2013

The momentum switched in a hurry early in the second half of Monday’s high school girls soccer match between Ottawa and Baldwin in Ottawa.

Baldwin pounded the net for three goals in a just over a four-minute span to open a 4-0 lead. Ottawa could not recover and fell 5-1.

The momentum switched in a hurry early in the second half of Monday’s high school girls soccer match between Ottawa and Baldwin in Ottawa.

Baldwin pounded the net for three goals in a just over a four-minute span to open a 4-0 lead. Ottawa could not recover and fell 5-1.

Ottawa was coming off a 4-0 win Saturday over Basehor-Linwood at Ottawa University Peoples Bank Field.

“I don’t know if it was the night,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said. “It was not just a couple of people. You could tell there was a funk going on. We were not communicating well. We had mishit balls, yet we hung in there.

“They got that second goal and she was clearly offsides. It was either going for or against us. Unfortunately it went against us. It hurt us emotionally. I was hoping it would pump them up.”

Baldwin took seized control and kept the pressure on Ottawa during that stretch and eventually tallied its fifth goal with just under 25 minutes remaining.

“They were stepping to the balls,” Smith said of the Bulldogs. “They played well. We are better than what we showed.”

Ottawa started to pick up the pace again late in the match.

“I saw a lot of good things the last 20 minutes,” Smith said.

Ottawa, which had nice runs on goal in the first half, finally got on the board with 3:39 left in the match. Cydney Lewis fired in a high-arching shot.

Smith said Lewis — who plays with heart and desire from start to finish — continued that and her teammates followed at the end.

Ottawa put together a sterling match Saturday.

“It was working beautifully,” Smith said. “We had great runs.”

Abigail Fangman netted three goals and had an assist. Lewis scored Ottawa’s other goal. Morgan Fredricks had two assists.

Ottawa honored its seniors after the game.

“This group of seniors ... what an example they are,” Smith said. “All of them played all four years. They put their whole heart into it. They have been great leaders. They are leaving a great legacy behind.”

Ottawa plays today at Wyandotte, the third of five matches in a seven-day stretch.

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