Fort Osage was subjected to soccer irony twice this week, according to Indians coach Andrew Fletcher.
This week, the Indians (10-6-2) “played probably two of our better games” this season, Fletcher said. And yet, they lost both games, including a 1-0 setback Friday to the visiting Liberty North Eagles.
“We played really well on Tuesday (against Oak Park) and we lost (2-1) in double overtime, and then, I thought we played terrific tonight,” he said after Friday’s loss.
Fort Osage goalkeeper Lydia Calderon agreed with Fletcher.
“We played a lot better as a team (this week), and our passes were way better than they have been before,” said Calderon, who made nine saves Friday. “Just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
The deciding goal came in the 28th minute, when Cassidy Morrow lofted a shot over Calderon into the net.
“She was up at the top (of the 18-yard box) and I was already out and it went right over my head,” Calderon said. “It’s kind of hard to get those.”
Liberty North coach Steve Person attributed the goal to Morrow’s creativity.
“That was a cheeky move,” Person said. “It was intentional. She looked up and saw the keeper off her line. She’s a crafty player. She’s got a lot of tricks in her bag.”
Person called it a “timely” goal. One reason was because the Eagles (9-6) lost a key player Friday to an injury – freshman Brianna Wawiorka.
“We were fortunate to get that goal – and the lead at halftime,” he said.
Liberty North outshot Fort Osage 5-4 during the scoreless second half, including 4-3 on goal. Calderon attributed the sense of offensive balance during the half to “real physical” play and desire.
“We just equally wanted it,” she said. “And in the end, they were just ahead from the first half.”
During the second half, the Indians had “lots of possessions,” Fletcher said.
“We were getting the ball in what I call ‘the danger area’ a lot,” he said. “I think maybe our best (scoring) chances came from the free kicks and corner and those (other) shots.”
Fletcher said he was pleased to see Fort Osage’s attackers slip behind Liberty North’s defense “so many times,” and that Indians also played great on defense.
“Just like Tuesday, we just couldn’t score,” he said.