For the third time this season the Indians smothered the Lady Lions' offense and kept them from scoring
OSAGE BEACH — The School of the Osage Indians continued their dominance over the Crocker Lady Lions on Monday afternoon when they defeated Crocker 6-0 in the Class 1 District 11 semifinal game.
School of the Osage's girls' soccer team entered the tournament match as the heavy home favorite over visiting Crocker High School. The Indians had bested Crocker twice already this season, and in dominant fashion.
On April 21 at home, Osage sent Crocker home early with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory. The Indians repeated the feat on May 3 on a neutral pitch, the Camdenton Tournament, again forcing Crocker to start the bus early with another 10-0 win.
Tournaments, however, bring a new dynamic. Anything can happen in a single-elimination scenario, as Crocker proved in the contest they won in order to reach a third match with Osage.
Crocker defeated Aurora 2-1 in a double overtime affair on Friday in what amounted to a "play-in" match. Despite the momentum Crocker brought in from that victory, the Indians were still able to control competition and get a 6-0 win.
Osage took the pitch last night with the weight of being the team that had the expectation of a victory, while Crocker came in with nothing to lose. The Indians avoided a letdown, demonstrating clearly why they were the heavy favorites coming into the match.
Sophomore forward Briana Jordan got things started for Osage, netting a goal to put the Indians in the lead before the game had hit the eight-minute mark. Jordan would add another near the 20-minute beacon.
Freshman forward Morgan Breneman continued showing why she was elected to the All-Region team as the match continued. Not even three minutes further into the match, Breneman found junior midfielder Alexa Pittenger, who put the ball past the Crocker keeper for a 3-0 lead.
That lead was augmented around the 31-minute mark when Breneman scored off a pass by junior defender Megan Atkin to increase the Indian lead to 4-0. The Indians weren't done in the first half, however.
Breneman added another goal before the half ended, this time off a Pittenger assist, to make the score at the break 5-0. As Breneman sought to record the hat trick, history seemed to be repeating itself. Osage was halfway to another 10-0 victory over Crocker.
The Crocker defense tightened after the break, however. Still, the Indians' defensive backfield and midfield was able to control possession and keep the ball on the Crocker half of the field for most of the second half. Breneman did get hat trick, with just under two minutes remaining in the match, to make the final score 6-0.
"I was very pleased with Morgan Breneman and her good shot selection,” Osage coach Angie Libby said. “I would rather any of my players shoot and miss their opportunities than not take any shot at all.”
Osage will play for the Class 1 District 11 championship at home against Fair Grove High School on Tuesday, who defeated Laquey in the late match at Osage on Monday to advance. The winner of the match between Fair Grove and Osage will advance to the Class 1 state tournament.
"I'm going to take what I've seen from our watching them [Fair Grove] and see what we have, comparing lineups,” Libby said. “I'll communicate that with my team and we'll go from there."