Following Thursday night’s 3-1 win at Truman, something was clear to Fort Osage boys soccer coach Andrew Fletcher: The Indians were in a better place Thursday than they had been when they met Truman last season.
“I think we’re much more physically mature (this year),” Fletcher said. “We have a much more experienced team this year, so we’re excited.”
The Indians also have a better record after three games than they had after playing Truman in 2012. Last season, the Indians started off 0-3, including a 4-1 Sept. 6 home loss to Truman. All three losses were “pretty bad losses,” Fletcher recalled.
This season, the Indians started off with losses to Blue Springs South and Liberty North, as they had in 2012. However, the loss to Liberty North was 4-3 in overtime. And then came Thursday's win over Truman, putting them at 1-2 entering next Tuesday’s game at William Chrisman.
Fort Osage “didn’t play particularly well” in getting that first win, Fletcher said. But the club wasn’t “in much danger for the game,” he added.
“We had a hard time putting our passes together,” he said. “But we always threatened to score goals.”
Senior midfielder Richmond Forbis followed through on two of those threats during the first half. In the ninth minute, he lined a shot from outside Truman’s 18-yard box that skimmed off goalkeeper Alex Villa’s outstretched hand and into the net. Forbis then blasted in a short shot in the 28th minute to make it 2-0.
Truman senior Amilcar Hernandez cut it to 2-1 in the 29th minute.
“I was just going through – I was trying to get the ball,” Hernandez said. “I looked up, goalie was coming at me, ball was at my feet and I just shot it at (the net).”
Fort Osage senior Pier Cassiraghi finished the scoring in the 77th minute by putting in the deflection from a skirmish inside the 18-yard box.
“Coach (Fletcher) always tells me not to be selfish, so I kept running (toward the goal),” Cassiraghi said. “And the ball came to me, so I put it in the net.”
In doing so, Cassiraghi helped the Indians drop the Patriots to 0-5. Another loss couldn’t diminish the pride Patriots coach Jared Byrne felt in his club.
“Good effort,” Byrne said. “(Our) intensity was high. Offensively, we created a lot more chances than we have (had). We made a few defensive mistakes, but they have some really good players, so it cost us.”
Page 2 of 2 - To Hernandez, Thursday’s performance showed progress.
“We’ve stepped up a lot from our first two or three games,” he said. “We played more as a team today, and we played more mentally (alert) than we have the days before.”