It was the second shutout loss to start the season, but there was so much heart from Roland Jaworski’s team, he said.

Louisburg came into Ottawa Thursday and handed a banged up Cyclone boys soccer team a 4-0 defeat. It was the manner in which Ottawa played that made Jaworski, Cyclone head boys soccer coach, proud after the match.

“We do not have a real deep bench,” he said. “There were a lot of players that played injured Thursday. We had a couple guys who had been sick, and they went out there and played. It was probably the best 4-0 loss I’ve ever been a part of because there was so much heart out there.”

The Cyclone defense kept Louisburg scoreless until the final moments of the first half. The Wildcats put up two quick goals, the second coming with just 34 seconds left until halftime. Louisburg padded the lead with two more goals in the second half.

“We went over some stuff [Wednesday], and they did what we went over to a T,” Jaworski said. “We [got] beat through balls, but Louisburg has a guy up top who’s fast and good. We were gassed and that is how some of those goals were scored, but [our guys] did everything I asked them and more. They play their positions really well.”

Ottawa (0-2) looks to get healthy and rebound when it hosts league rival Paola 6 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa High School, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. There has already been improvement, from the season’s first game to the second, Jaworski said.

“The team unity [against Louisburg], I feel like we’ve reached a new high,” he said. “I know we lost 4-0 twice this week. Tuesday I didn’t feel like we played well. [Thursday] I think we played well, we just got unfortunate. I feel like the team just kind of came together.”