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  • Lady Indians claim first-ever district title

  • The Osage Lady Indians defeated Crocker in a 4-1 match to win their first-ever district title in soccer.
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  • Just three years ago, the women's soccer program began at School of the Osage.
    The Lady Indians experienced the growing pains that come with building a team. They finished their first season with a 7-16-1 record.
    The team pulled together in their second season, finishing 2012 with a 17-7-1 record. Summer Dean led the team with her scoring prowess, but with the graduation of her and a number of seniors, the younger players were passed the torch.
    Coming in to the 2013 season, the question about the Lady Indians was how they would perform without their leading scorer and the graduated class.
    Sitting in Coach Brandon Randall's classroom before the season began, the team was enthusiastically laying out their goals for the season. The room was full of optimism, and when the goals were tallied, the two goals most listed by the team members were to win a total of 18 games and to claim the district title.
    Over three months later, the team stood ready for the district tournament with a 16-4 record, anxiously awaiting their chance to play.
    The team had stepped up, and new talent had emerged, with an even more explosive potential than the 2012 Lady Indians. Even with injuries, the team had managed to fight through every game, finding a way to not only win, but dominate their opponents, with a total of 12 regular season shutouts.
    The Lady Indians faced off against Laquey in the first game of the tournament, and soundly defeated their opponents in a 5-0 match.
    The next night, the team took to their home field once again, knowing that the district title and their 18th win was in reach.
    With just under twenty minutes of play into the game, Osage took the lead with a goal from Cassidy Culver, who slipped the ball past the outstretched hands of Crocker's goalkeeper.
    Minutes later, Mandee Reahr would drive to the net and punch one in for a 2-0 lead.
    But they weren't done yet.
    Culver had not had enough just yet, and with 9:52 left in the half, she drove down field to score once again.
    And just a minute later, she did it again for a 4-0 lead over Crocker before the half.
    The Lady Indians held their ground through the remainder of the game, until Crocker finally managed to score with just four minutes left in the game.
    As the clock ticked down, the Lady Indians were all smiles on the field, knowing they had won.
    The buzzer went off, and the celebration began, with the team rushing to the center of the field for group hug, but immediately afterwards lined up to shake their opponents' hands, congratulating them on a game well-played.
    Page 2 of 2 - After respectfully showing good sportsmanship, the team knew it was time for the real celebration, and kicked it off by attempting to shower Coach Randall with the water cooler.
    The Lady Indians had claimed their first district title in just three seasons.
    "I'm proud of our kids," Randall said. "I think they deserve it. They've worked very hard. And I give credit to the parents. This started eight or nine years ago, and I give all the credit in the world to the families for getting their kids together every year and making sure they keep playing."
    The Lady Indians will now prepare for sectionals, which they will host next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Their opponent has yet to be determined, as they await the outcome of the Springfield Catholic-Logan Rogersville game on Friday.
    "At the end of the day, our girls came through when we needed them to," Randall said. "We stayed together as a team, and that was the only way we could have done this. It took a team effort to get the district title. These girls, they are great teammates and friends. They are great kids, from great families. We stayed together, avoided the drama, and everything we wanted from the season, we have accomplished. From here on, it's one game at a time."
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