Class 2 Osage fell to Class 3 Willard in a 3-0 shutout, lost in penalty kicks to Class 2 Oak Grove 8-7 and lost to Class 4 host Smith-Cotton 4-0.

School of the Osage kicked off 2019 at the Smith-Cotton Tournament in Sedalia over the weekend and the Indians came up on the short end of some tough battles with the host Tigers, Willard and Oak Grove.

Class 2 Osage fell to Class 3 Willard in a 3-0 shutout, lost in penalty kicks to Class 2 Oak Grove 8-7 and lost to Class 4 host Smith-Cotton 4-0.

“The ‘Tribe’ played valiantly this weekend,” Osage coach Jason Long noted.

“First half scores were close in all three games, but without depth in key positions we were unable to keep pace against Willard and Smith-Cotton. Our best chance to pull out a win was against Oak Grove where we held the lead for most of the game. A couple of calls that did not go our way was the difference between a win and draw after full time.”

Long noted that Osage certainly had its chances against Willard with eight set pieces that came up empty and the shot-to-save ratio was too close against both Willard and Smith-Cotton. However, once Osage did a better job of pressing at midfield and increased shot production, the club found more success and it showed in the battle with Oak Grove.

Senior Garrett Long recorded his first hat trick of 2019 for Osage and freshman Nate Evans picked up his first career goal. Osage had a pair of young freshmen keepers gaining varsity experience for the first time and Alex Baklashev recorded seven saves against Willard, eight saves against Smith-Cotton and split time Reagan O’Shea in the match against Oak Grove. Baklashev had two saves and O’Shea had one.

“Alex was baptized by fire as a varsity player and did well for the quality of opponents we faced this weekend,” Long said. “He is showing a lot of promise. He is mature enough to handle pressure and has shown in practice that he has the skill set to become a solid goalie.”

Osage (0-3) was scheduled to visit Southern Boone on Tuesday night and will travel to Helias Catholic in Jefferson City on Saturday for a match scheduled at 10:30 a.m.