To Fort Osage junior midfielder Karlee Tatum, Thursday night’s 2-0 win over visiting William Chrisman was a primer for this weekend’s Moberly Invitational.
“It definitely gets us excited, gets us going, gets us motivated,” Tatum said after the Indians’ Suburban Middle Six win over their U.S. Highway 24 rivals.
Tatum got Fort Osage’s scoring going in the 33rd minute Thursday by putting a shot in the upper corner of the Chrisman net.
“I was before the (18-yard box) and I dribbled or cut around a few players,” she said. “And I went for my last touch and realized that it was probably too late to take it, so I ended up shooting – which caused me to slide on the ground.”
In the 34th minute, forward Ally Young made it 2-0 by winning a challenge with Chrisman keeper Sarah Erikson near the top of the 18-yard box and tapping the ball into an open net.
“I thought it was going to hit the goalie,” Young said. “But it didn’t. Went right past her.”
Fort Osage outshot Chrisman 9-6 during a goalless second half. Both teams put four second-half shots on goal.
Goalkeeper Amber Lee helped the Indians (6-2 overall, 3-1 conference) carry their shutout through the second half. Called up from junior varsity to varsity to fill in for recently injured starter McKenzie Lyon, the junior recorded four of her five total saves during the second half.
“She’s done really well for the J.V.,” Fort Osage girls soccer coach Andrew Fletcher said. “So we had no hesitation whatsoever. We knew she’d do a good job for us. She came off the line really, really nicely.”
Chrisman coach John Straub credited the Bears’ play in the midfield with shutting out the Indians the second half.
“We were stronger and more consistent defensively, and for the most part, we’d done a pretty good job (in the first half),” Straub said. “There was just that 5-minute stretch where we had two breakdowns down in the middle of the field. But the girls did a nice job of responding and played much better after that.”
Straub was pleased with what he saw Thursday from the Bears, who are 5-3 and 1-3 in the conference entering today’s conference game at Staley.
“Fort Osage presented some challenges, especially with their speed,” Straub said. “But overall, we were happy with what we did today.”
Fletcher also was pleased with Fort Osage’s performance.
“It was a nice win,” he said. “And then, we’ll have fun this weekend.”