GLANDORF — Shawnee head coach Caroline O’Brien will be the first to admit her girls were a little battered and bruised on Tuesday night. And Shawnee’s players, at times, showed it on the field.
What they didn’t do, however, is show it on the scorecard.
Shawnee defeated Ottawa-Glandorf in a tight game 3-2, improving to 2-0 in the WBL to start the season. Ottawa-Glandorf falls to 3-3, with an 0-2 record in the WBL.
“We’re kind of battling back from injuries and illnesses,” O’Brien said. “We had some kids step up and fill in some spots where we needed them to fill in.”
“I saw a little more hustle today,” Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Bob Huth said. “I saw a little more determination, I saw a little more desire. We gave ourselves opportunities. I thought we slowed them down quite a bit in the second half. We just couldn’t finish ‘em.”
Shawnee’s offense was led early by senior Shelby Lucas, who managed to get no less than five shots in the first half to challenge Titans goalkeeper Megan Hoehn, one of which scored the first goal of the game for Shawnee just seven minutes into the game.
“When you score first,” Lucas said, “you force the other team into a tight spot. I dribbled around two people and took a shot. I put it on the edge of 18 where the goalie couldn’t get to it.”
It didn’t take long for O-G to answer Shawnee’s quick score. Less than three minutes after Lucas gave the Indians a lead, Ottawa-Glandorf’s Whitney Warnecke put a shot in the corner of the net, just out of the reach of Shawnee keeper Abby Waddle.
The score remained at 1-1 until the final three minutes of the half, when Shawnee’s Britt Lauck scored her first of two goals to put her team back ahead.
Her second goal was in an even bigger spot.
After Michelle Maag tied the game back up for O-G with 27:34 left in the game, the Titans and Indians fought each other very evenly for a good ten minutes with a 2-2 score. But, with 16:24 left, Britt Lauck again came up big, placing another shot in the back of the net to give Shawnee the lead for good.
Lauck, who had the flu Tuesday, scored those two goals on limited time. She was one of several Shawnee players who fought injury and illness on Tuesday night.
“She (Lauck) managed to come out and put two in the back of the net for us,” O’Brien said. “She was out a good portion of the time as well, so someone stepped in and filled her role. Kaitlynn Gronas was in her first game since suffering a concussion, and Abby Waddle was in her first game back from an injury. Give a lot of credit to O-G, they kept coming at us, especially those last ten minutes, and for the kids to come out and get a win tonight shows a lot.”