Monday, September 01, 2014

OHS soccer seniors close with win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/14/2014

The final home match for the Ottawa High School girls soccer program has always been emotional and a special night.

The seniors all start and play the bulk of the minutes and are honored following the match.

The final home match for the Ottawa High School girls soccer program has always been emotional and a special night.

The seniors all start and play the bulk of the minutes and are honored following the match.

“They deserve anything and everything that comes to them on this night,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said of the seniors.

Ottawa needed a victory with just one win on the slate this season, plus the Cyclones fell in last year’s senior night match.

Ottawa put it together in a 7-4 win over Wyandotte.

“The win is just the little added cherry on top,” Smith said. “Last year we lost and they did not forget that. We remembered last year was not a good feeling. It got tight for a little bit. They hung in there.

“Wyandotte is a team that plays with a lot of heart. They remind us of us. Maybe not the most technically skilled, but they do not give up. They have good speed.”

Ottawa was up 6-1 early in the second half when Wyandotte scored three straight goals in a 10-minute period to close within 6-4 with 17:37 left in regulation.

“The seniors wanted to play every minute,” Smith said. “We tried, but you can’t at this point in the season. The fatigue started showing and we were leaving a gap in the middle allowing them to push it up and over.

“It became a foot race and we did not win a few of them. We fixed that and that stopped the bleeding. Part of it was the hunger to score, so everybody pushes up. That created the issue.”

The seniors were a mentally ready for the match.

“They really had their heads into the game the minute they walked onto the field for the junior varsity game,” Smith said. “We appreciated their leadership and what they have done for this team.

“They have stuck with it in the hard times. You can’t thank them enough.”

Junior Abigail Fangman scored two goals and five others scored one. Smith said it was nice to see how they were all looking for their teammates.

“They were not selfish,” Smith said.

Seniors Emily Crouch, Dani DePriest and Allie Schmoe scored goals. Madison Alexander and Abagael Pruitt also notched goals.

Schmoe’s goal came off a free kick outside the 18-yard box.

“That was a reminder of her sister Jessica Ball scoring in one of her last games as a senior,” Smith said. “That was pretty cool.”

Ottawa (2-13) closes the regular season today at Highland Park.

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