OSKALOOSA — Temperature wise you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful opening night of girls soccer. But wind conditions played a factor as Oskaloosa fell 8-1 to Washington on Monday at Drost Field.
“It was it was good to get out,” Oskaloosa head coach Jodi Steinlage said. “It was one of those things that this is the first time we've been able to play 11 just because we have such a small team. I think the biggest thing is we have a lot of inexperience. We just have a lot of girls that, even our juniors and seniors, didn’t necessarily get a lot of experience freshman and sophomore years. We made a lot of silly mistakes, first game jitters, putting people in positions right now that we just have to, because of our numbers. But as I said, I'm not gonna be upset with the effort that they give.”
The Indians had 13 dressed players for the game with many of them seeing their first 11 vs 11 varsity action. Add on that Oskaloosa would be playing against upwards to 20 MPH winds in the first half made for a tough combination.
Washington would open up the scoring in the 11th minute with Greta Roth slices through the Osky defense before putting it by Krysten DeWees to the back of the net.
The Demons would quickly add their second tally with Trina Griffin starting her big scoring night with a penalty kick after getting hauled down in the box at the 14th minute.
Now down two, Oskaloosa would try to put together some offense but with heavy winds affecting their passing and leading Washington’s passes, they had a tough time gaining consistent possession.
Griffin added two more goals while tip-toeing to stay onside on both occasions to give the Demons a 4-0 lead going into the break.
“It's just the small things like the 50-50 balls, not being aware of who's taking runs and where they're making runs,” Steinlage said. “With number 23 up top, we lost her a lot of times in the defense and I think that's just so some inexperience back there. My freshmen and sophomores it’s their first time at the high school level. It’s a different level just getting use to that speed.”
Washington picked up where they left off in the first half by scoring two goals within 34 seconds of one another before adding another midway through the half to increase their lead to 7-0.
Oskaloosa would get one back with 10 minutes to go. Attie Teeter was able to take the ball off of Griffin at midfield before her pass deflected off of a Washington defender to Kylie Davis. Davis tipped it forward to Audrey Cheney on the left side as Cheney would walk in and deposit it passed the diving keeper with a left foot finish to put the Indians on the board.
“That's the thing is we talked about a half was that we just were not putting any passes together like we were just just kicking the ball and hoping that it went somewhere. One thing is their keeper was playing way far out and we were trying to tell them, especially with the wind, don't be afraid to take a shot. It shows that when they put passes together, you can pass around people and make opportunities for yourself.”
Griffin would get one last goal late in the contest to make it an 8-1 final. Griffin finished with six goals on the night while Roth added two goals for the Demons.
Osky’s lone goal came from Cheney while DeWees had three saves in her first action back in net.
“I told them the sun comes out tomorrow,” Steinlage said. “I said we can't play timid. I feel like a lot of time we played timid and if we play timid, then that's going to be a result, unfortunately. Hopefully they didn't like this taste in their mouth, they're a good group of girls. I think we'll get it figured out.”
Oskaloosa (0-1) remains at home as they host Newton (0-0) on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.