Fort Osage did it to William Chrisman again.

Fort Osage did it to William Chrisman again.

Friday night at Staley High School, the Indians shut out the Bears for the second time in eight days – and with the 5-0 victory in the North Kansas City Lady Hornets Soccer Tournament set a school record with their 10th shutout this season. The Indians (12-4-1) had tied the record by defeating Maryville 1-0 Friday afternoon.

“Breaking the record and everything, it’s kind of exciting since this is my last year here at the school,” said Fort Osage keeper Valerie Resch.   

Chrisman coach John Straub, whose club fell to Fort Osage 3-0 April 14, and Indians coach Andrew Fletcher attributed Fort Osage’s ability to stifle opponents to teamwork.

“They’re very organized in the back, and they do a great job of taking away the middle part of the field,” Straub said. “But it also helps that – at any time – they have two explosive scorers up top.”

Those “explosive scorers” – forwards Paige Baumgardner and Beth Bedsworth – start Fort Osage’s defensive attack by pressuring opponents’ defenders, Fletcher explained. Behind them are a solid group of midfielders and a veteran group of defenders, with Resch in goal.

“I really enjoy the way they play,” Fletcher said. “Defensively, we look really good. And the way we play defense helps us create the offense.”    

Fort Osage’s offense struck in the 19th minute of the Pool B meeting when Bedsworth scored by winning a challenge with Bears keeper Jordan Hall. Baumgardner kept the attack going by lining in a shot a few minutes later and tapping another shot into an open net in the 39th minute to give the Indians a 3-0 halftime lead.    

Bedsworth then finished a through pass early in the second half. Paige Ledbetter finished a crossing pass in the 57th minute to finish the Indians’ sweep of their division and put them in the first-place game at noon Saturday. The Bears will play for fifth place at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s always difficult playing three games in two days, especially finishing a late game and then coming back (and) playing early in the morning,” Straub said. “But I think we’re going to do very well.”

Other results:

MARYVILLE 8, CHRISMAN 3: The early momentum Chrisman had after Alyssa Kyle’s goal quickly disappeared, as the Bears found themselves trailing 3-1 at halftime. The Spoofhounds outscored the Bears 5-2 in the second half.

“Scoring the first goal, I think, ... was great for us,” Straub said. “But I think we also had (a) huge mental letdown five minutes after that – and that was tough for us to recover (from). After the game, I kind of challenged the girls, that they’re a better team than what they’ve shown the last three games.”

FORT OSAGE 1, MARYVILLE 0: Beth Bedsworth scored the game-winning goal in the 46th minute of Fort Osage’s first game Friday.

“It was a battle,” Fletcher said. “But we played well. We had a hard time. They’re big and strong, physical.”

Fort Osage’s defensive play pleased Fletcher, particularly Resch’s performance. Resch made seven saves for the first of her two shutouts.