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Examiner
  • Bears focus drifts in loss

  • Whether it was a lack of focus, poor communication or a simple case of the Mondays, the William Chrisman girls soccer team never garnered any sustained momentum Monday night.

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  • Whether it was a lack of focus, poor communication or a simple case of the Mondays, the William Chrisman girls soccer team never garnered any sustained momentum Monday night.
    The result was a 2-0 Suburban Middle Seven Conference loss to Belton at William Chrisman High School in which the Bears rarely manufactured any serious runs at the Pirate net.
    “I feel like we should have talked more,” Chrisman sophomore midfielder Amanda Olsen said. “Monday games screw us up sometimes. We’re not really focusing on the ball. We didn’t really talk much – we didn’t talk at all, I felt like.”
    Chrisman coach John Straub said he thought the Bears’ issues started before the match even started.
    “I think as the game progressed, our work rate improved, but I don’t know if mentally we were ready to play this game or not,” said Straub, whose team fell to 3-2 and 1-2 in conference. “We were just making a lot of really silly mistakes. They’ve played long enough. They know better.”
    One of those critical lapses came in the 25th minute when Belton’s Alexis Finley took a lateral pass in the Chrisman box, turned and fired a shot with a free look at the goal to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
    Belton’s second goal came six minutes later when Ashley Cole angled an arching free kick into the corner of the Chrisman net, past the outstretched arms of Bears goalkeeper Jordyn Atagi. Straub said there wasn’t much his team could have done on the second score, but the first one was more concerning.
    “Basically, we weren’t in position,” he said. “We were outside of the girl and the girl had free access to the goal and a nice little one-touch to finish it. But that’s because we weren’t in position.”
    Offensively, the Bears’ production was minimal. Their best opportunity came in the 51st minute when junior forward Allyssa Kyle blasted a shot that hammered against the top post of the Belton goal.
    “In the first half, we didn’t communicate very well and we were standing flatfooted a lot,” Kyle said. “We weren’t getting to the ball. I think starting in warmups, we need to focus a little more on playing the game instead of being like, ‘Oh, we’re playing a game today.’”
    Although Monday’s result was disappointing, Straub said that for the most part, he’s been pleased with his team’s effort this season. But mentally, he said, they just need a little fine tuning.
    “More than anything, the girls in their games have been working really, really hard,” Straub said. “But we need to start to play a little bit smarter and that’s what we need to work on.”
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