Soccer teams made up of players from School of the Osage returned from the Show-Me State Games in Columbia with valuable experience. The youngest Indians brought back some gold hardware to go with their experience. In other news, School of the Osage will be adding girls' soccer next spring.
Soccer teams made up of players from School of the Osage returned from the Show-Me State Games in Columbia with valuable experience. The youngest Indians brought back some gold hardware to go with their experience.
The Indians under-13 boys and girls teams went undefeated and won gold medals in their respective divisions at the Show-Me State Games. The team of 8th grade girls won three games by 5-0 scores. Indians coach Brandon Randall took the youngsters' play as a definite sign of encouragement for his two programs.
Among the older group, the Osage boys competed in the top division with its full varsity roster on hand. The Indians went 1-2 but took some important victories in their defeats. At the end of August, School of the Osage competes in its second season of high school soccer.
"Last year we went (to the Show-Me State Games) for the first time just to experience a soccer game together. This year, we felt after last fall that we could play better soccer," Randall said.
Moral victories included holding a team from Sikeston scoreless through more than half the game. On Saturday, Osage fell to eventual gold medalist Southern Boone. The Eagles throttled Osage 8-1 last fall, but the Indians trailed them only 1-0 at the halftime break.
Randall spotted improvement in several returning players, including sophomore midfielder Robbie Mueller, a first team all-district selection his freshman year.
"(Mueller) is much more aggressive," Randall said.
Defender Mike Terlaga will be one of two seniors on the Indians' roster. Terlaga will have to adjust to playing without five of his graduated teammates.
"Every time he plays he is distributing the ball more and looking for teammates, who this year we trust with the ball. That's a big thing for us," Randall said.
Junior goalkeeper Vince Sabourin came up huge for Osage with two saves in a shootout win over Raytown on Saturday. Sabourin was an honorable mention all-district selection after gracing the goal in the inaugural season of Osage soccer.
Randall looks for improvement in the second year of building Osage's program.
"It's an exciting time. It's a stressful time. It's hard to keep in mind sometimes that we are a new program with the guys, because there are times they do so well," Randall said.
Girls' soccer coming to Osage
The players who will make up the first girls soccer team at Osage also competed in the Show-Me State Games.
The first season of Lady Indians soccer starts next spring. Randall will serve as their head coach. He expects the Lady Indians to have more of a from-scratch building process than his boys team.
"The girls are really excited. It's going to be a different story with them. I would say 80 percent of them have never kicked a soccer ball before," Randall said.