The Ottawa High School girls soccer team can’t get of a rut where the team plays one good half and one bad half.
The Cyclones continued in that vein Thursday in a 4-1 loss to Kansas City Christian.
The match was played at Ottawa University’s Peoples Bank Field because of the wet conditions at the high school field.
Ottawa surrendered all four goals in the second half after taking a 1-0 lead at halftime.
“It was a very rough second half,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said. “We talked at halftime ... they are going to come back out strong. Don’t leave [Mary Eileen Kucera] alone. Guess who scored right off the bat. It was not our best effort.
“One of the players mentioned we seem to have one good half and one bad half. Let’s not let that happen. This is one that should not have gotten away. We have some fixing to do.”
The second half was barely two minutes in when the Panthers struck for a goal to tie it at 1-1. The momentum turned. The visitors controlled play the rest of the match.
The Panthers took the lead with 21:40 left in the match. The other two goals came in the final 13 minutes.
Ottawa had things going its way in the first half. Ottawa made several strong runs at the Panthers.
Cydney Lewis found some operating room in the middle of the field. She weaved through the Panther defense and buried a shot to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead with 25:50 left in the first half.
Ottawa kept the offensive pressure on. One shot just went over the top of the goal.
Ottawa keeper Amanda Stinebaugh kept a perfect sheet with a couple of nice saves in the first half.
Ottawa (1-4) plays 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Gardner.