Thursday, November 27, 2014

Smith: OHS soccer plays freak game

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/9/2014

Sometimes the heart is willing, but the mind and body is not.

The Ottawa High School girls soccer team had one of those moments Thursday at home against Tonganoxie.

Sometimes the heart is willing, but the mind and body is not.

The Ottawa High School girls soccer team had one of those moments Thursday at home against Tonganoxie.

Ottawa could not get out of first gear in a 7-0 loss.

“They had been playing well,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said. “This is probably that freak game of the season where it just did not click. The thinking was not there. It was not the same team I have been watching.

“I tried to make a little change in the lineup with the defense for the second half. It worked for a bit.”

The coaches attempted several things to get the players into the match.

“They have to get past it,” Smith said. “It was a long game. It was a hot game. No excuses.”

Smith hopes to get the Cyclones on the same page next week. Ottawa concludes the regular season with three matches.

“There is definitely things we need to talk about and get straight,” Smith said. “One thing I really would like to see is them do the thinking on the field themselves. Have the confidence that I have for them. I know they can do that. They know what to do. It was not them. This is a strong-hearted team.”

Smith substituted several junior varsity players into the match in the second half.

She said it was important as several of those players were getting their first varsity minutes of the season.

Senior Gabby Bowers was a bright spot. She filled in at keeper for Mallory Fredricks.

“Mallory has something wrong with her knee,” Smith said. “She wanted to gut it out. Gabby stepped right in and played an outstanding game. She is very aggressive and vocal. She has bruises head-to-toe. It is fun to watch her.”

Ottawa (1-12) plays 4 p.m. Monday at Baldwin. The Cyclones play their final home game 6 p.m. Tuesday against Wyandotte and close the regular season Thursday at Highland Park.

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