Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:45
Second-half mistakes leave Ozaukee out in cold against Oostburg in soccer opener
The Ozaukee girlsâ€™ soccer team knew it would need a sustained effort to win its season opener Monday against defending Central Lakeshore Conference champion Oostburg.
Although the host Warriors trailed by only 1-0 at halftime, they couldnâ€™t keep pace late in the second period on the way to a 4-1 defeat.
â€śWe need to be physically and mentally strong to close out games,â€ť Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said. â€śOur lack of depth may have contributed to our letdown late in the game.â€ť
The contest was a rematch between the conferenceâ€™s top two teams last season, when Oostburg defeated Ozaukee in a regular-season finale to take the title.
On Monday, the Flying Dutchmen struck first on a goal by Emily TeBeest and never trailed.
The margin grew to 2-0 in the second half on a goal by Melissa Schleicher before the Warriors awakened offensively.
Midfielder Abbey Beck halved her teamâ€™s deficit by scoring on a follow-up shot.
â€śAbbey did a nice job of playing wide and keeping her composure on the finish,â€ť Liebergen said.
However, Oostburg regained control by maintaining pressure that produced two insurance scores.
â€śWe gave up a few late goals, which is disappointing, but the reality is we saw some positives that we can build off of,â€ť Liebergen said.
â€śItâ€™s tough opening the season with a strong opponent like Oostburg. We will correct mistakes and have something to prove in our rematch.â€ť
Liebergen singled out forward Katie Bares, midfielder Jeanette Lapinski and defender Mari Scalone for steady performances, as well as goalkeeper Amanda Lallensack for a strong effort in her first varsity start.
â€śAmanda played the right angles and showed promise,â€ť he said.
The Warriors will continue conference play with 4:30 p.m. games at Sheboygan Christian on Thursday and at home against Random Lake on April 20.
MARISSA THILL (left) battled an Oostburg player for possession of the ball during Ozaukeeâ€™s season opener Monday. Oostburg prevailed, 4-1, in a rematch of last yearâ€™s top two Central Lakeshore Conference teams. Photo by Sam Arendt