William Chrisman’s girls soccer team did a majority of the offensive work Thursday, but Raytown got the only reward.
Chrisman outshot Raytown 18-5 and spent about three-fourths of the second half possessing the ball in Raytown’s half of the field, but the visiting Blue Jays made freshman Desane Charles’ first-half goal stand and left Independence All-School Stadium with a 1-0 Suburban Middle Seven victory.
“It’s part of soccer, you know,” Chrisman coach John Straub said. “The girls did a really nice job of possessing the ball. They created a bunch of opportunities but tonight just couldn’t put any of those away.
“Sure, it’s disappointing to lose 1-0, but overall the girls did a nice job,” he said after the Bears fell to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Middle Seven.
Raytown (4-10, 3-3) got its goal 35:02 into the first half, when Ariana Collins angled a shot from the right slot past Chrisman goalkeeper Jordyn Atagi. The ball appeared to be rolling wide of the far post, but Charles snuck free on the backside and poked it into the open net.
“We lost our mark on the backside,” Straub said.
Chrisman junior midfielder Amanda Olsen deemed the goal part luck.
“No. 7 just happened to be there at the right moment,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Bears couldn’t find any luck with their shots.
Kat Rice was wide right in the third minute, and Allyssa Kyle’s shot went high after a steal in the penalty box in the 12th. Maggie Beem was stopped by Raytown’s Brynn Deatherage at point-blank range after corralling a corner kick in the 20th.
The second half saw Ciera Perez boot a straight-ahead shot high after a neat deflection back to her. Deatherage made a one-handed knockaway when Sydney Croucher’s shot from the left wing sought the upper corner in the 71st minute, and the Bears’ last good chance from Makenzie Erikson drifted wide right in the 76th.
Atagi easily saved Raytown’s only other two shots in the first half, and with Raytown’s defensive-minded alignment, the only shot she faced in the second half was Lindsey Butler’s free kick from just right of the penalty box in the 73rd.
Five of Deatherage’s six saves in the second half.
Though the Bears ultimately couldn’t convert, Olsen said the amount of possession and number of chances are encouraging. At the very least, she’s optimistic that fate will even out.
“We’re better at attacking right now than last year, and we’re connecting passes,” she said. “The probability of it going in (next game) should be pretty high.”