Ugly win doesn’t please Erpelding
Wildcats battle Basehor to tie
It was the latest in his team's string of shutouts, but De Soto girls soccer coach Darren Erpelding wasn't impressed with the Wildcat's 1-0 win Thursday at Ottawa.
The Wildcats controlled the action early but failed to connect on several scoring opportunities. Then things fell apart.
"We had good shots on goal -- we just couldn't put anything away," Erpelding said. "After that our play went down hill. We went completely away from what we like to do. The girls decided to play their own way and not the way I have taught them. It didn't work."
De Soto scored the only goal of the game when Andrea Young delivered a pass to Nicole Radcliffe that hopped over the head of a Cyclone defender. The freshman was there for the put away.
De Soto had another bounce go its way when an Ottawa shot went over goalkeeper Megen Bedford's head, hit the post and landed in her arms.
"That was the only real threat and quality shot they had all game," Erpelding said. "Our defense did not allow any good shots but did not play well either. It was just an all around bad game. Sometimes you have to win when you're not playing your best."
The ugly win allowed the Wildcats, 7-3-2, to extend their string of games without a loss to six and have posted four shutouts in the last five games.
The Wildcats dished out somewhat of a payback Monday when they battled Piper to a 2-2 tie to extend their string of non-losing matches to seven games. In the second game of the season the Pirates shut out De Soto 3-0.
Radcliffe scored both goals for the Wildcats, while Jordan Holden and Jennifer Hill were credited with assists. Bedford had 10 saves to go along with the two goals she gave up.
Scoring goals for the Pirates were Taylor Stitt and Hannah Tady. Piper is 7-2-2.
De Soto is next in action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Valley.