SHAWNEE – The Shawnee girls couldn't get past the elements in a 7-0 home loss to Choctaw Tuesday night. After last week's win over Hilldale and loss to Jenks, coach Danny Kessner knows his girls could have done better though.
“I don't know if it was just that the elements got to us,” he said. “They're not any better than what we saw last week, by far.”
Choctaw's Rebekah George went through the Shawnee defense for her first goal of the game with 10:36 elapsed. She started the scoring again at the 35:40 mark of the second half with her second goal of the game after going through three defenders to get a shot by Lilly Perry.
Perry replaced Braunya Lewis as goalkeeper after Lewis left with an injury with 21 minutes left in the first half. Sarah George made a goal on the play and Lewis went down trying to make the stop.
Lewis came in last week after her basketball season ended and is still adapting to the change, Kessner said.
“It takes a little bit of time sometimes to transition from that hardwood floor sometimes to cleats,” he said.
Kessner said Lewis did a great job coming in and making stops, but is a better midfielder and likes to play it more. He knows he can count on her when he needs to though.
“She really doesn't like playing in the goal but she understands that if that's what the team needs her to do, that's what she's gonna be expected to do,” he said.
Shawnee had the advantage going with the wind in the first half but was unable to make use of the help mother nature provided.
Charis Montgomery had the only two shots on goal of the Lady Wolves in the first half with a pair of free kicks. Montgomery's first kick tagged the upright and with 35:35 left in the half and the next came with 10:30 before heading to the lockers. The Choctaw goal was never threatened in the second half.
Madison Shatswell attempted two corner kicks in a row for Choctaw a little more than halfway through the second half. The first was stopped by Perry, but the second found the net to go ahead 4-0 with 16:32 to play.
Perry made 12 saves and Choctaw had 20 shots on goal.
With Noble and Mount St. Mary tabbed for next week, the Lady Wolves will have to look past the loss and work on improving.
“It's times like this where you either grow or you don't and you'll either see the structure of our team develop or we'll just have to find some way to make it develop,” Kessner said. “I'm proud of the girls, it's not the score we wanted but after a tough week last week and the emotions of the high and low, we'll make it work.”