Goalie Bedford gets day off in Harmon rout
Megen Bedford didn't have to show up for Thursday's 8-0 win over Kansas City Harmon. The De Soto goalie could have stayed home and watched her favorite television program, or even went shopping while her teammates shutout the Hawks.
That's because the Wildcats out shot Harmon 31-0. Not only did De Soto post its third straight shutout -- they didn't allow a single shot on goal.
While Bedford was fighting bouts of boredom, her teammates were busy pressuring the Hawks defense. Wildcat coach Darren Erpelding said 27 of the 31 shots were of high quality.
Harmon made it difficult for De Soto to score early by bunching 11 players within 30 yards of the goal. But the Wildcats eventually loosened the Hawks defense by moving the ball around.
The Wildcats finally got on the board when Julie Bray scored what proved to be the winning goal with 18 minutes, 31 seconds left in the half. After receiving a pass from Ember Watson, Bray beat the goalkeeper to the left corner for a 1-0 lead.
Watson also had her hand in De Soto's second goal when she was pulled down by the Harmon defense in the box. Wildcat leading scorer Nicole Radcliffe then connected on the penalty kick at the 12:34 mark of the opening half.
De Soto's lead grew to 3-0 when Katie Beck scored her third goal of the year on a deflection off a Harmon player with just under three minutes remaining until intermission.
With the three-goal lead, Erpelding's halftime was as action-filled as Bedford's game.
"I told the girls I didn't have much to say," he said. "We dominated the half, really did nothing wrong, and I had no complaints. In the second half, I gave them a three to four touch limit to get us to play faster."
De Soto added five goals to its score in the second 40 minutes.
Jordan Holden started the second-half onslaught by rifling a 30-foot shot into the wind that beat the goalkeeper with just two minutes gone.
Radcliffe, who has now scored in five-straight games, then earned her second hat trick of the season by tallying the next two scores for De Soto. Roxanne Grizzle, who assisted Radcliffe on her third goal, and Bray rounded out the scoring with the final two goals.
The Wildcats battled traditional power Kansas City Christian to a 2-2 tie after battling through a couple of extra periods and a shootout Tuesday.
"I'm disappointed we didn't win," Erpelding said. "To tie them was an accomplishment -- especially in our first year -- but it still feels like a loss."
The Wildcats were just 2:28 from sealing a win, but Lindsey Swiastyn saved the day for Christian with a score to send the game into overtime. Kansas City Christian also scored a goal at the 27:19 mark of the second half.
De Soto took the first lead of the game when Nicole Radcliffe scored with 23 minutes left in the opening half. Jennifer Hill gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead with just more than six minutes left in regulation.
De Soto, 6-3-1, takes the field at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa.