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Examiner
  • Energized Pats end winless skid

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  • Truman had energy. William Chrisman didn’t.
    That was general consensus Monday after Truman’s 3-0 Senior Night win in girls soccer over its crosstown rival.
    “We did not show much enthusiasm for playing a rivalry game,” Bears coach John Straub said after the non-conference loss.
    By contrast, Straub felt that the Patriots’ enthusiasm was evident in several ways.
    “They did a better job of winning 50-50 balls,” he said. “They were more physical than we were.”
    Patriots coach Jared Byrne noticed a difference in the enthusiasm levels during the second half.
    “The first half, it was kind of back-and-forth, honestly,” Byrne said. “There would be 15 minutes we kind of dominated, and then 10 minutes they’d dominate and vice versa.”
    During the second half, however, the Patriots (2-9-2) sensed they were “getting good chances” and capitalized on them, Byrne said.
    “Naturally, I think, that picks up the intensity,” he said. “You just scored, you want another goal. And vice versa – if you gave up a goal, sometimes, that makes you just kind of want to quit battling. That’s just how the game goes sometimes.”
    Ashley Peña, who contributed a second-half goal, attributed Truman’s sense of energy to Byrne.
    “I think Coach has put it really deep in our minds that the only way to actually win a game is to have good attitude and good effort. That’s what we ... (were) trying to do this whole game.”
    The Patriots saw the results of their collective attitude and effort in the 24th minute, when sophomore forward Sonya McCaslin dribbled in and finished a shot from about 15 yards out. McCaslin scored again when she dribbled and lined in a shot in the 42nd minute.
    Peña finished a touch pass from McCaslin in the 58th minute to put the exclamation point on Truman’s victory, which ended the a 12-game winless streak and dropped the Bears to 6-8. The scoring opportunity gave the junior forward “an adrenaline rush.”
    “I didn’t know what was going to happen – if the goalie was going to come out faster and take the ball from me,” Peña said. “So I kind of just got rid of it and it went in.”
    McCaslin, Peña and Byrne said they felt satisfaction in giving seniors Maya Coen and Lauren Franklin a Senior Night victory.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Those two seniors have meant so much to us the last four years,” Byrne said. “(They’re) four-year starters. Nobody works as hard as they do on the field, and nobody leads off the field as good as they have.”
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