Megan Lyon attributed Fort Osage’s 5-1 win Thursday night at William Chrisman in part to Emma Hogland’s uplifting on-field presence.
“She is the most encouraging, positive person on the team,” Lyon said. “And I am so grateful to have a wonderful teammate like her.”
Four unanswered goals made a difference, too.
It was Hogland who started that four-goal run with the score knotted 1-1.
Fort Osage freshman Aliyah Ayala scored in the 16th minute for a 1-0 lead, and the equalizer came in the 27th minute from Chrisman senior co-captain Cassie Simpson, who also drilled in a free kick in the 35th minute.
“We talk a lot about our mentality and our focus,” Fort Osage girls soccer coach Michael Brown said. “And I think it’s fantastic to see from the girls that, when we give up a goal and they tie the game up (almost) immediately. A few minutes after, we bury a free kick.”
Lyon then scored in the 51st minute by putting in a free kick from the left wing.
“I didn’t really think too much about it,” she said. “I was just, like, ‘Get the ball in the middle, hope for the best.’ ”
Bailee Summers’ finish of a crossing pass in the 59th minute made it 4-1. Lyon finished a quick flick in the 74th minute to cap the scoring run that helped put Fort Osage improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Suburban Middle Six.
Chrisman coach John Straub, whose club dropped to 5-2 and 2-2, credited the Indians’ ability to claim the momentum with their midfield play.
“Their center mids definitely stepped up and did a nice job of controlling the ball – and then, finding the spaces that they were creating,” Straub said. “I thought that was a big difference in the game.”