Stepped-up competition boots soccer team
The De Soto boys soccer team went on the road for the first time last week against decidedly better competition. The result was two-straight losses.
After starting the season with a perfect 4-0 start against two cupcakes and two mid-level teams, the Wildcats dropped a pair of contests to traditional powers like Frontier League foe Ottawa and Kansas City Christian, falling to 4-2 in the young season.
The Cyclones shut out the defending 4A runner-up De Soto for the first time this year with their 4-0 win, while Christian shut down the Wildcats 4-1.
For De Soto coach Mike Murphy the Ottawa match-up was an especially tough one.
"They ran kind of a flat four," Murphy said. "We like to play the corners and move in from there. We try to do a lot of crossing. It was a real difficult system to figure out. They pretty much line four guys across the field. Once the second half rolled around, we had it figured out but didn't have the energy left to execute our plan."
Ottawa out-shot the Wildcats 14-8 on the night and took a 3-0 advantage into the locker room at intermission. Ottawa was a physical team, Murphy said.
KC Christian, on the other hand, does an excellent job of utilizing their speed and quickness.
"KC Christian is so good at moving the ball down the field," Murphy said. "They're just so quick when they move down the field. They know their strengths. They're going to be there again when the postseason rolls around."
Christian's speed also forced De Soto to chase the ball on defense in the first half. Once the Wildcat coaching staff made adjustments at halftime, De Soto had a difficult time getting past the team's sweeper.
Murphy said that only one of Christian's four goals was an actual score. He classified the rest of the goals as gifts.
When Christian scored first in the opening half, Kyle Bray came right back with a score of his own about midway through the opening 40 minutes of play.
The Wildcats, 4-2, play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Paola.