Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Crusaders Beat West

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Crusaders Beat West

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St. Dominic High girls soccer coach Les Hager had seen enough.

"We had a little meeting today after school," Hager said. "It wasn't a discussion - I did all the talking. I just wanted to clear the air and let the girls know how I felt about the way they'd been playing.

"For some reason, this group only seems to want to play in small segments of each game. It's like we feel like we'll be able to turn it on and off whenever we need to. And that's not the case. I told them that we needed to play with more intensity - for the entire game - and tonight, they seemed to respond a little better." In one of their better start-to-finish efforts of the season, the Lady Crusaders beat visiting St. Charles West 2-0 Wednesday. St. Dominic, coming off one-goal losses to Parkway Central, Nerinx Hall and Francis Howell, is 4-4-1 on the season; the Lady Crusaders, who finished as state runner-up to Incarnate Word Academy last year, are ranked sixth in the latest area coaches poll. "We have the talent to be a top team, but we're just not playing that way right now," Hager said. "Against Howell last night, we were completely outworked and outplayed. We decided to play in the last 15 or 20 minutes, but it was too late. "I'm getting tired of seeing this team go through the motions. Hopefully tonight was a step in the right direction for us." The Lady Crusaders got a first-half goal from Kelly Orf and a second-half goal from Missy Ell in the West game. Abbi Fischer posted the shutout. West, an injury-riddled team that has played No. 7 Lafayette, No. 5 Francis Howell North and No. 6 St. Dominic since Friday, slipped to 6-4. The Lady Warriors beat Lafayette 4-1 Friday and lost 3-2 at Howell North Monday. "All things considered, I'm real happy with the way we've been playing," West coach Mark Olwig said. "We've played three of the better teams in the area and we hung in about as well as we could expect to, especially with so many people injured right how. Tonight, I thought we played a very good first half. We didn't do as much in the second half, but that's not surprising; we're a tired, beat-up soccer team. "But we played well." Assistant coach Butch Siering chipped in: "And nobody else got hurt." The Lady Warriors played Wednesday's game without starting goalie Jill Kowalczyk (knee) and starting midfielder Melanie Beckman (knee). In addition, forward Lindy Filla (hamstring) was limited to just a couple of minutes of action. "She tried to play, but it's still too sore," Olwig said. "We can't use the injuries as an excuse - you still have to go out and play the games - but we need to get healthy and fit before we're able to challenge teams like St. Dominic and Howell North." West had the game's first good scoring chance Wednesday as Cristyn Jones pushed a pass to open space for Dana Schulte. …

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