Ozark coach Chris Shull had quite the stat to pass along to his players after the Lady Tigers’ 4-1 victory versus Carl Junction last week.
Shull related that the four goals matched the total number of goals the Lady Bulldogs had allowed in their first 15 matches.
“I actually didn’t know that until he said it,” forward Addie Shuler said. “That was exciting.”
The Ozark-CJ matchup was a clash of the last remaining unbeatens in the COC. The Lady Tigers are off to a 6-0 start in conference play.
Shuler, Natalie Morgan, Audrey Carlton and Shailey Combs all provided a goal. It was the first game all season in which Shuler, Morgan and Carlton — all freshmen — have netted a goal.
“They’ve been a big help to the team,” Combs said.
Combs, a junior midfielder, is shining in the same role her older sister, Keeley, starred in for Ozark three years ago.
The older Combs is now playing at Drury.
“She’s been a huge influence and and a really good role model for me,” Shailey said. “She’s good at giving me pointers. She’s definitely the reason I play (midfielder) and why I play soccer.”
The Lady Tigers controlled the ball by consistently beating Carl Junction players to loose balls.
“We always try to be first to the ball,” Morgan said. “Our back-line is super physical and always gets the ball out to us. Madison and Addy are speedy up top. All-around, I think we’re fast and physical.”
“We’re all very physical,” Shuler said. “We fight for the ball. We’re very competitive.”
Ozark (14-3-3) went on to post a pair of wins and a tie at the Central Missouri Invitational over the weekend. The Lady Tigers won 3-0 against Camdenton and 2-1 opposite Pembroke Hill and tied Father Tolton Catholic 1-1.