For the second time in eight days, Fort Osage headed into penalty kicks Thursday with its undefeated record on the line.
And just like the previous Thursday against North Kansas City, the Indians exited soccer’s most dramatic scene with its perfect season still intact.
Following 100 minutes of scoreless soccer with William Chrisman, Fort Osage perfectly executed its first three penalty kicks and received a diving save from sophomore goalkeeper Kaia Tupinio to take a 1-0 (3-0 in the shutout) win at Independence All-School Stadium and improve to 12-0.
“I feel like this is becoming a Thursday trend,” Indians coach Michael Brown joked after the game. “We performed well in the penalty kicks. Our guys placed it in the back of the net and didn’t try to kill it. We put it out of the goalie’s reach and even if he guessed the correct way, I don’t know if he was getting there. They were three quality shots.”
Jacob Lammering, Tony Rios and Jack Tupinio finished Fort Osage’s opening three penalty kicks, while Truman’s first two attempts hit the crossbar.
On the Patriots’ third attempt, Kaia Tupinio dove to his right and deflected the ball off the post to clinch the Indians’ win, sending the Fort Osage players sprinting from midfield to celebrate with him.
“The previous two kicks I guessed to the left side, so I thought I’d try the right side and it worked out for me,” Kaia Tupinio said. “To win this way and have the team react that way, it’s exciting. I love it.”
While the Indians had the thrill of victory, the Bears (4-7) left with the disappointment of losing in penalty kicks despite dominating possession for long stretches at different points of the match.
“Fort Osage’s defensive style allows you have possession some,” William Chrisman coach John Straub said. “We did a good job with that, we just struggled to crack their defense. But we’re really proud of our guys. We played really hard and it was a great game to be a part of against a Fort Osage team that’s really good this year.”
William Chrisman focused defensively on slowing down Lammering, Fort Osage’s prolific striker who entered the match with 25 goals.
At points in the game, three Bears defenders stayed within 10 yards of him.
“I think teams have started to figure out how well (Lammering) plays and what his strengths are and we’ve adapted to that,” Brown said. “They aren’t the first team to do that and they won’t be the last team to do it. It’s a learning process for our team to recognize it during the game and adapt to it on the fly.”
Lammering got loose of the William Chrisman defense a few times during the match, hitting the post twice and having another shot stopped thanks to a diving save by Bears goalkeeper Brandon Kuhlman.
“The defense, it’s been like that most of the year,” Lammering said. “Like coach said, I just have to adapt and figure things out.”
Fort Osage’s schedule ramps up next week with games against Staley and Truman, but for now the Indians are enjoying being perfect.
“It’s been a good run so far,” Brown said. “It’s been fun. We’ve had some ups and downs on our form, but we seem to find a way to win every game. Which is good to see, especially when maybe things aren’t going your way and you aren’t executing as well as you can.”
Added Kaia Tupinio: “I like being 12-0. We stand out a lot to everyone. All of our opponents go harder when playing us and it makes it a more competitive atmosphere.”