Wildcats win one of two
After 77 and a half minutes, the referee had seen enough.
The score was a video game-like 11-1 and the Spring Hill Broncos were not going to muster a miracle comeback. So he stopped the game, citing the mercy rule.
The De Soto Wildcats trotted off the sloppy, rainy field with grins from ear to ear.
“We actually came out a bit flat,” coach Darren Erpelding said. “But then once we got the first goal we settled down and played pretty well.”
Nancy Marquez opened the scoring for De Soto before the match turned into the Carly Stanley and Danielle Price show.
Stanley, who starred in the back last year for the Wildcats, proved she is equally as special going forward as she scored seven goals in the contest. Danielle Price kicked in the three more.
“Carly and Danielle played together in the midfield during their freshmen and sophomore years before we moved Carly to sweeper last year,” Erpelding said. “This year they are working really well with each other. Both are very competitive girls, and they find each other a lot. The chemistry was pretty instant.”
The only goal the team conceded came on a Spring Hill corner kick. Erpelding joked he was actually pleased goalkeeper Jamie Zvirgdins wasn’t able to stop the difficult shot.
“The ball went over the wall and kind of knuckled downward,” Erpelding said. “(Zvirgdins) would have cracked her head trying to save it. I’m glad she didn’t.”
Despite the lopsided result that moved De Soto to 1-0 on the year, Erpelding said there were a few technical things the team needed to work on.
“We can move the ball better than we actually did,” he said. “The team missed some settles and there were a few cases of the ball getting stuck to the players’ feet.”
In addition to the technical improvements, Erpelding said he had a few tactical changes in mind for the defense that he believes will help the team.
“I saw a couple things defensively that we can get fixed,” he said. “It’s nothing too big, they should be quick fixes in the back.”
De Soto played Gardner Tuesday night at home and lost, 4-1. Gardner scored a goal in the first minute of the game and kicked in another in the 37th minute of the opening half. De Soto cut the lead to one five minutes into the second half on a goal by Price.
De Soto had several shot attempts in the first half that came close, including a breakaway by Price that lead to a shot that just missed and bounced off the right post.
Stanley attacked the Gardner middle all game long and fed teammates for shots.
“That’s her game,” Erpelding said. “She’s always on the attack. She doesn’t care how good the other player is, she’s going to attack their feet and she’s going to beat them one-on-one. And when she does that she that she’s going to draw two or three people, and then she can lay off to Danielle. They are a great combination in the middle. I thought they absolutely destroyed in the middle.”
De Soto tried to rally late, but Gardner kicked in two more goals in the final minute. The score, though, didn’t really reflect how well De Soto played, Erpelding said.
“I thought we were the better team,” he said. “The score doesn’t reflect the game. I told the girls I thought we controlled 80 to 90 percent of the game and sometimes you still lose. That happens. I wasn’t disappointed with the effort. I thought we gave great effort. We let two goals that they were pretty undeserving on, and those last two cheap ones, but it happens.”
De Soto (1-1) will look to bounce back against Basehor-Linwood on Thursday at De Soto.
— Jeff Deters contributed to this report.