In their second season as a program, the Osage Lady Indians took a drastic step up. Coming off a 7-16-1 record in 2011, Osage would flip that mark around this spring. The Lady Indians finished 17-7-1 overall after winning 11 of their first 13 games.


In their second season as a program, the Osage Lady Indians took a drastic step up. Coming off a 7-16-1 record in 2011, Osage would flip that mark around this spring.

The Lady Indians finished 17-7-1 overall after winning 11 of their first 13 games.

A talented and experienced freshmen class — they had played summer and club soccer together for a few years — gave Osage a jolt. About 10 freshmen got varsity playing time, many of them serving as starters.

Joining leading scorer and Central Methodist University-bound forward Summer Dean, the freshmen enabled Osage to switch up its philosophy from a year ago and go on the attack.

Osage scored five or more goals in seven games and was shutout only twice. By comparison, last year Osage scored five or more goals three times and was shutout 11 times.

They Lady Indians will likely move down to Class 1 for girls' soccer in 2013.

Highlights
Osage started 2-1 at the Waynesville Tournament then won six straight. The Lady Indians were 7-2 at Athletic Stadium. Osage had a nice bus ride home after winning 2-1 in overtime at Marshall on May 1.

What they lose
Dean leaves as the leading scorer. Tara Allman and Kelsey Abbott were veteran leaders. Destiny McMurray provided good offense and Emily Stafford and Jade Reinhart depth.

What they bring back
Osage will have a lot of familiar names the next three seasons. Next year's starting lineup could include nine or 10 sophomores. Josie Verslues, who missed most of the season due to injury, returns at midfield. Other freshmen such as Monica Cisar, Megan Atkin, Kristina Ruck and Alexa Pittenger excelled from the start.

Outlook
Osage dominated its Class 1 opponents this season. The classification move means the Lady Indians will be a district title contender. With such a young roster, Osage will only get better.

Season recap
March 16        W 8-0 vs. St. James (Waynesville Trn.)
March 17        W 8-0 vs. Dixon (Waynesville Trn.)
March 17        L 8-0 vs. Waynesville (Waynesville Trn.)
March 26        W 3-1 @ Stover
March 29        W 6-0 @ Laquey
March 30        W 3-1 @ Fatima
April 3         W 4-3 @ Fulton
April 9        W 7-0 vs. Dixon
April 10        W 4-0 vs. Stover
April 12        L 4-1 @ Bolivar
April 16        W 3-0 vs. Crocker
April 17        W 5-1 @ Dixon
April 20        W 4-0 vs. Branson (Branson Trn.)
April 21        L 2-1 (PKs) vs. Logan-Rogersville (Branson Trn.)
April 21        W 3-2 (PKs) vs. Carthage (Branson Trn.)
April 23        L 4-2 vs. Warrensburg
April 24        W 10-0 vs. Laquey
April 27        T 2-2 vs. Mexico (Camdenton Trn.)
April 28        W 4-0 vs. Fatima (Camdenton Trn.)
April 28        L 2-0 vs. Lebanon (Camdenton Trn.)
April 30        W 2-0 vs. Fatima
May 1        L 2-1 (OT) @ Marshall
May 7        W 2-1 @ Southern Boone
May 10        W 9-0 vs. Belle
May 14        L 4-1 vs. Boonville (District)

Final record — 17-7-1