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Cyclones battle, come up short in title match

By The Herald Staff | 5/17/2013

WINFIELD — The Ottawa High School girls soccer team could not find its game early Thursday against Winfield in the regional championship match in Winfield.

Winfield, one of the top teams in 4-1A, came out on fire. The Vikings netted four goals and captured a 5-0 win over Ottawa.

WINFIELD — The Ottawa High School girls soccer team could not find its game early Thursday against Winfield in the regional championship match in Winfield.

Winfield, one of the top teams in 4-1A, came out on fire. The Vikings netted four goals and captured a 5-0 win over Ottawa.

“It was a tough game,” Ottawa coach Kelly Smith said.

Ottawa played somewhat shorthanded without injured senior midfielder/defender Logan Butler. Senior forward Cydney Lewis was slowed by an injury.

“We had some inexperienced players out there for a good part of the match,” Smith said. “They don’t have the experience of the seven seniors. It gave us a look at the future. We have some good young players.”

Winfield used its speed to find holes in the Ottawa defense and keep the Cyclones from getting into any offensive flow. Lewis was double-teamed all over the field.

“They were well organized,” Smith said. “They had good speed that we could not match person-to-person.”

Throw in the two long trips and it took awhile for Ottawa to adjust. Smith made some halftime adjustments, which slowed down the Winfield attack.

Smith said Ottawa did its best to stay focused and physically stand up to Winfield.

“They were able to hang in there,” Smith said. “That was a lot of driving in a few short days.”

Ottawa was coming off a trip to Hays Monday in its 1-0 win over Thomas More Prep.

Senior keeper Amanda Stinebaugh made several key saves to keep Ottawa close. Smith said Stinebaugh took to the keeper position quickly.

One practice she asked for volunteers for keeper and Stinebaugh, who never played the position, took her up on the offer.

Ottawa closed the season strong at 5-10-1.

“We made a lot of progress,” Smith said.

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