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Lady Cougars soccer cant find back of the net in two shutout defeats

Junior defender Katherine Dietz, No. 6 in white,  races a couple of Kings forwards to the ball in league action Tuesday, Oct. 10. -
Junior defender Katherine Dietz, No. 6 in white, races a couple of Kings forwards to the ball in league action Tuesday, Oct. 10.
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The Lady Cougars soccer team seemed to go into offensive hiding in their two Cascade Conference defeats Oct. 10-12.
They lost to the Lady Red Wolves 5-0 at Dick Cardinal Stadium Thursday, Oct. 12, and were shutout 48 hours earlier by Kings 4-0.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Steinborn was on the losing ends of both shutouts.
Cedarcrest remained a perfect 10-0 in league play and 12-0 overall while Lakewood fell to 4-6, 5-7.
After the Lady Cougars junior varsity made the visiting Lady Knights of Kings look like a scrimmage in their 5-0 victory, it was time for the varsity to follow suit.
Maybe the Lady Cougars frustrated the red and white clad Lady Knights a little too much as Kings stormed out to a 4-0 shutout Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Lets play to our abilities ladies play to our abilities, junior goalkeeper Emily Steinborn encouraged her teammates shortly after the first Kings shot attempt.
Kings senior midfielder Laura Gifford found out that the third time is a charm after nearly scoring twice and finally connecting for the games first goal 13 minutes into the contest.
Head coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth praised Steinborns effort on the crisp evening.
As always, Emily made some fantastic saves, he said. All the ones she was supposed to make and more, but when you give a team over 20 shots in a game theyre bound to make a few.
Approximately five minutes later, junior defender Jeneca Hoidal had a one-on-one against a Kings forward but slipped on the slick grass and had to watch the goal get past Steinborn.
Lakewood trailed 2-0 at halftime and emerged from their halftime chat fired up and read to go.
The Lady Knights struck again 13 minutes into the second half of action and the seemingly obtainable 2-0 deficit now stood at 3-0.
The pressuring Kings offense continued to prey on the Lakewood defense and found the back of the net for a fourth time with 17 minutes remaining.
Junior midfielder and forward Melissa Osburn made a valiant attempt to overcome the shutout about two minutes later, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.
Head coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth asked his team to do some soul searching afterward and said they have been having mysterious mental letdowns.
Weve been talking a lot lately about being mentally prepared, mentally tough and mentally focused and in our losses we are lacking all three, he said.
Were trying to get them to enjoy the game, give it 100 percent every time they step on the field and play to our abilities every game, not just the ones we think we can win.

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