KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ottawa High School girls soccer coach Kelly Smith said the Cyclones saw firsthand a few things the coaches have preached to them in Tuesday’s match against Washington in Kansas City, Kan.
Smith said the players began to make backside runs and started finishing shots. Ottawa controlled play throughout in the 3-0 victory.
“A lot of good things fell into place,” Smith said. “They played well together as a team.”
The players made adjustments to the field conditions and found open seams in the Washington defense, especially in the second half.
Smith said those backside runs resulted in so many good scoring opportunities.
“We had four ‘oh so close,’” she said.
Senior Logan Butler, who has been a defender throughout her career, moved to center midfielder and it ignited the Ottawa attack.
“She distributed the ball well for us,” Smith said. “She has a nice shot. It was a successful change for us.”
Abigail Fangman scored Ottawa’s first goal on an assist from Butler. Dani DePriest netted the second goal off an assist from Bianca Webb. The score came from the back post.
The third goal was picture perfect. Erika Greiner took a cross from Gracie Chappell and buried it into the back of the net.
“It was good to see the finish,” Smith said.
Amanda Stinebaugh kept Washington off the board with a some nice saves. Smith said she was not tested a lot, but stymied the attack when called upon.
Ottawa (1-1-0) plays 6 p.m. today at home against Lansing.