Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ottawa soccer closing strong

By The Herald Staff | 5/10/2013

The Ottawa High School girls soccer team has caught fire at the right time. The Cyclones won three of four matches.

It is similar to the finish of two years ago when Ottawa won six of seven matches en route to a regional championship. The Cyclones bested Highland Park, 5-0, Thursday in Ottawa.

The Ottawa High School girls soccer team has caught fire at the right time. The Cyclones won three of four matches.

It is similar to the finish of two years ago when Ottawa won six of seven matches en route to a regional championship. The Cyclones bested Highland Park, 5-0, Thursday in Ottawa.

Ottawa defeated Wyandotte, 4-1, Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan.

“They have done a good job of being mentally strong during the tough times,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said. “It helps you be ready for regionals. It is a strong finish for the girls.”

The Cyclones are playing well as a unit, making quick adjustments on the fly. Smith said the players are reacting to the situation and not waiting for coaching.

 “They are playing as a team,” Smith said. “They are putting the things we practice and talked about on the field. They are making great runs. They are doing a good job in moving the ball around.”

Ottawa also is scoring. Ottawa has scored 13 goals this week in the three wins.

“We have owned the post all year,” Smith said. “Now they are going into the net.”

Smith said it has been frustrating to come so close to scoring, but come up short this season. She said the players have kept working and it is paying off.

Abigail Fangman, who has scored five goals this week, is a product of that. Smith said the young Cyclone is starting to find the range.

Senior Cydney Lewis has four goals, including two in the win over Highland Park. Freshman Grace Chappell scored her first goal against Wyandotte off an assist from senior Logan Butler.

Butler scored her first goal of her career against Highland Park.

“Logan has done a great job in the middle for us,” Smith said.

Senior Sara Soph and Dani DePriest scored their first goals of the season against Highland Park.

Ottawa (4-8-1) played at Spring Hill Friday and opens regional play Monday.

Regional pairings will be released today and availalbe at kshsaa.org.

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