The scoreboard didn’t reflect the product on the field, Roland Jaworski said. The Ottawa High School boys soccer team fell 5-0 Thursday in its season opener at home against Spring Hill. Jaworski, OHS head soccer coach, saw some positives from both new varsity players, and experienced upperclassmen.
“As a whole, I feel like we played really well,” Jaworksi said. “The field is sloppy and messy, but we still played hard. I had some freshmen step up and play a lot of minutes in varsity. Reese Fogle stepped up and played a big role. Bret Hart and Alex Weingartner got in there. We just need to get some more shots. That is where we really struggled was getting shots off on goal. Our defense just kind of didn’t communicate and fell apart for a couple of goals right in a row. We have to get that straightened up.”
Jaworski also noted Logan Sterling, sophomore goalkeeper, played “phenomenal” in his first varsity game.
While the Cyclones did not score, the team has a number of impact seniors this season.
“It is exciting, the youth, but we also have senior leadership out there that did phenominal,” Jaworksi said. “Marshall Altendorf, obviously Collin Hanson who always does phenomenal, Mike Powell did great, Isaac Bones and Dylan Fanning, of course, in the back. When Dylan came out injured, that is when our defense really started to fall apart. Obviously, he is a huge player that we have to have back there.”
The match marked the first action for OHS after Tuesday’s match against Hayden was postponed due to rain. Ottawa (0-1) is back in action 4 p.m. (JV start time) Thursday at Baldwin.