After a long time spent away from the field, the Lady Indians' soccer team finally returned to action. And after defeating Fatima 4-1 earlier in the week, the undefeated 2-0 ladies returned home on Friday night to host their first home game of the season against the Fulton Hornets.
Last season, the Indians finally got a win against the Hornets in a 4-3 win, something that had been problematic in the young program's life.
The Lady Indians looked to do it again, and conquer on their home turf. After a tough and physical match, the Indians proved the victors in a 2-1 win.
"I'm glad we won," Coach Brandon Randall said. "I didn't think the score quite reflected the game at times, but it did at times. We're a young team, so we went from solid to shaky at times. I was really impressed was that, in our shaky moments, somebody always stepped up and came up big every time, shutting them down from doing anything harmful."
The two teams looked to be evenly matched throughout the first half, both unable to score, though Osage had the ball in their possession longer.
With just minutes left on the clock on the first half, Osage's Daisy Ralston dropped the ball in for a 1-0 lead.
Fulton quickly answered, striking the ball past the outstretched hands of Vanessa Webber to tie the game.
"We talked at halftime about taking a lead after struggling for twenty minutes to score and not giving up a score after that," Randall said. "There's always a danger of getting scored on because you relax after scoring, but there's nothing to relax about in a 1-0 game."
Osage, however, wasn't ready to give in before the half, as Monica Cisar's shot rolled past the goalie for a 2-1 lead, thanks to the assist by Josie Verslues.
In the second half, the match became even more physical, but the two teams were not able to score, thanks to some excellent saves by the goalies and solid defensive work. Osage's Webber finished the night with three saves, reeling in a couple of close calls to maintain the Indians lead throughout the half.
As the clock ticked down, Fulton grew anxious, and attacked the net aggressively.
Osage's defense stood its ground, and even managed to work the ball away to give the Indians' offense more chances to score. Fulton's defense withstood the onslaught, but could not find a way to tie the game, as Osage picked up their third win of the season with a 2-1 victory at home.
The team has been dealing with some injuries on the team, and the team has some new faces at new positions, but Coach Randall says he is proud of the way they handled themselves.
Page 2 of 2 - The Indians now face Dixon at home on Monday night, where the two teams will use the opportunity to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The match will begin as soon as the track meet ends.