Lizton — The Western Boone girls soccer team was just a little off Thursday afternoon, and Tri-West made them pay for it.
The host Bruins pressured the Stars for most of the game, and came away with a 3-1 win. Western Boone drops to 2-2 on the year, and 1-1 in the Sagamore Conference.
“We just were in our own heads and not all there tonight,” Western Boone head coach Brett Craig said. “There was a lot of drama off the field that we couldn’t shake tonight. We had some highs individually, but we just couldn’t get any highs as a team.”
Goalkeeper Caitlin Smith made four saves in the early parts of the match to keep Tri-West off the board, but the Bruins kept on coming.
In the 23rd minutes, a shot hit the post, and the rebound attempt went just wide. Later in the half, a Bruin shot caromed off the crossbar, and headed attempt went over the bar to keep the game scoreless.
The deadlock was broken in the final minute of the first half, when the Bruins hit a post for the third time in the half, but this time Maggie Cora put in the rebound to make it 1-0.
The Bruins capitalized on a couple of WeBo miscues to extend the lead in the second half.
With 28:31 to play, a ball was bobbled in the box and left Carli Wilson with a wide-open net to make it 2-0. Just six minutes later, a goal kick was played right to Wilson, who went in to score to make it 3-0.
Goal kicks were a problem all game for the Stars, but Craig said he thinks that was a temporary thing.
“We will find someone to take it,” Craig said. “Our keeper (Smith) is a little banged up and her leg is wrapped so we didn’t want her to take them. But that will be gone next week. Usually she will take them and get them out of there. We just didn’t have anyone to do it tonight.”
The Stars came right back to get back in the game.
With 20:54 left, Madi Jones was taken down in the box, then made the penalty kick to make it 3-1.
“We never quit,” Craig said. “We never have and never will. If we can get more consistent in our game, we will improve and get better. But we will never quit.”
While they only managed one more shot on goal, they were winning more of the midfield battles and denying Tri-West good opportunities. Craig said that is something the Stars need more of throughout the full 80 minutes.
“We stayed aggressive when it was necessary,” Craig said. “When we were on the highs we played well. We moved the ball well, we attacked well and when we were connected we played well. We just didn’t do that consistently.”
The Stars are back in action at 9 a.m. Saturday when they host North Montgomery.
Craig said with one conference loss already, the team knows they can’t have any more setbacks.
“We will get our heads back into it and get back to the drawing board tomorrow,” Craig said. “We just have to keep on working and getting better every day.”
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.