For William Chrisman girls soccer coach John Straub, Friday’s 8-0 loss at Staley was less of a concern than how the Bears would respond to “having four games next week” following Friday’s match.
“We play Monday against Grandview,” Straub said. “And then, we’re in a tournament up here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”
Chrisman’s Suburban Middle Six meeting with Staley was sandwiched between Thursday night’s 2-0 road loss to Fort Osage and next week’s four-game slate. It made Straub wonder about what influence Thursday had on Chrisman’s performance Friday.
“I don’t know if mentally we were ready to jump in and play against Staley the next day after playing Fort Osage,” he said.
Staley, however, readily jumped in and started scoring on Chrisman (5-4 overall, 1-4 league). Freshman midfielder Hailey Faubion scored the first of her three goals for the Falcons (11-2-1, 5-0) by slipping a shot past starting Chrisman keeper Sarah Erickson in the fifth minute. Faubion then buried a ground-hugging shot into the far lower corner in the 26th minute to make it 2-0 Staley.
Playing with an 11-on-10 advantage because of a red card issued to a Chrisman player in the 27th minute, Staley added another goal late in the half to take a 3-0 lead into halftime.
“I thought at first we did OK,” Straub said of playing a girl down. “But I think we had some misunderstanding, some things (like that) in the second half.”
Liz Mann kick-started Staley’s scoring in the second half with her goal in the 45th minute. Faubion then scored in the 48th minute to secure her hat trick.
“Hailey Faubion had … (three good goals) for us,” Falcons coach Johnny Chain said. “She’s been coming along well. I think all three goals of hers were off nice assists, nice balls through (the defense) and she did a good job of putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The Falcons scored three more goals during the final 11 minutes to finish it off, thus sweeping their league games with the Bears this season. Staley won the first meeting 5-0 on March 28 at Chrisman.
Following their second loss to the Falcons, the Bears will attempt to regroup with Monday’s non-conference game at Grandview. A key to recovering and getting through the four-game grind is to “get out of our heads,” according to Chrisman midfielder Danai Williams.
“We let this game really get to us,” Williams said. “Like all the calls; we were just letting them get to us – and so, we would play down. And we also need to be quicker to the ball. Sometimes, we would lay back because they were faster than us…. I think those are the two main things that we need to work on.”