Unfortunately for the Indians, none of their shots crossed the goal line in a 4-0 shutout at the feet of the Bulldogs.

School of the Osage had plenty of opportunities to score when Stover came to town Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for the Indians, none of their shots crossed the goal line in a 4-0 shutout at the feet of the Bulldogs.

“It is kind of what we have been plagued with this year. We just can’t seem to get it in the pipes,” Osage coach Randy Satterlee said. “We’re young and it is going to come with time. It is just so frustrating right now to try to make it happen against these teams, but we just have to keep pecking away. That is all we can do.”

It was just a 1-0 game at halftime after Stover junior Charlie Black’s corner kick was punched away by Osage sophomore keeper Luke Funderburk, but Stover senior Brenden Bauer put away the rebound. The Indians dominated the possession for most of the second half, but just could not find an answer in the attacking third.

Osage senior Hunter Albers sent a strike just left of the post, fellow senior Grant Naudet nearly got a foot on the ball inside the 6-yard box, sophomore Zach Diebel sent a free kick just over the crossbar and senior Jordan Wade nearly volleyed in a shot near the top of the box, but all to no avail.

Meanwhile, Stover was able to effectively use counter attacks to add on to the lead. Stover senior Colton Johannes sent a low 30-yard strike darting past Funderburk to make it 2-0 in the 48th minute. His efforts were followed up by junior Chad Nolting’s sailing 18-yard strike into the top right corner in the 65th minute and freshman Hunter Wolfe’s blast over Funderburk’s hands on a breakaway in the 78th minute to create the final margin.

“Our defense has been solid all year and we’ve moved some people around a little bit to try to put some more forward pressure in the game this time,” Satterlee said of the game plan. “The counter attacks were pretty quick and they (Stover) have a couple of good kids on their front line. We hung with them for most of the game, but those are just things that the players have to realize is going on and have to be able to adjust to that on the field.”

Despite the loss, there were a couple of good things Satterlee was pleased to see.

“I saw a lot of aggressive play tonight and we’ve been working on going to the ball a little bit harder, so that is a takeaway for us,” he stated. “We are moving to the ball a lot harder than we have been so that will help.”

Ultimately, the club has to seize the opportunities that present themselves.

“We have to be able to realize a team’s weaknesses and exploit that,” Satterlee pointed out. “When we are holding it (the ball) on the forward end as long as we are, we have to be able to overload it and score on that. If anything, that is what our kids need to learn from that.”

Osage (2-6) will look to get back on the right track when the Indians visit Fulton on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.