Head Coach Mike Gow says the Tigers are doing their best to cope with injuries
WAYNESVILLE — The Waynesville Lady Tigers (7-5, 3-2 in Ozark Conference) split their games against the Hazelwood Central and West teams in Waynesville on Friday and Saturday respectively, defeating Central 3-0 and losing to West 5-0.
In the Hazelwood Central game, coach Mike Gow said he thought the Lady Tigers did just enough to come out with the win, but should have played more aggressive in the second half.
“It was alright,” Gow started. “I wasn't too happy with our second half. In the first half we moved the ball well, in the second we were moving the ball well but we were too timid in shooting.”
Against Hazelwood West, another injury caused a setback.
Junior defender Alexandra Timmins went down with an ankle sprain, Gow said, late in the first half of Saturday's game.
Then, on Hazelwood West's next possession, the Wildcats scored to put the Tigers down 1-0.
From there on out, it just got worse.
“There was just too many people that weren't in the game, causing holes, and it allowed West to take control of the game in the second half and they put us away,” Gow said. “They thumped us good.”
Things figure to get better with senior Megan Morgan and sophomore Emily Lucitt coming back to the back line as soon as Wednesday, but in the meantime it's been difficult trying to play without them.
The irritating part of it all for Gow is knowing his team, even without Morgan, Lucitt or any of the injured, can play better than what he saw on Friday and Saturday.
“I watched game film and within the first five minutes of the game I thought to myself that there are so many things that we talk about and work on in practice and we're still making those same simple, little mistakes and until we fix those it's going to be a struggle,” he said.
The injury bug may have set its crosshairs on the defense, but some crossfire picked off one of the starters up front too.
Junior forward Camia Blash has been pushing through a leg injury, but it became too much for her over the weekend and the initial prognosis is a minor meniscus tear.
Between now and the potential return of Morgan and Lucitt there is just one game, but it's a big one. Waynesville will travel to Rolla on Tuesday for an Ozark Conference matchup.