DES MOINES — If the Ottumwa girls soccer team played its first half against Des Moines East as well as its second Thursday, the final outcome may have been different.
But, after falling behind 4-0 in the first half, the Bulldogs were unable to muster enough offense to mount a huge rally in the second half, and they fell to the Scarlets 5-1 in CIML Metro Conference action.
"The first half, we came out really slow," Ottumwa girls soccer coach Brett McKenzie said. We didn't do the little things right."
Still, the first-year Bulldog coach was heartened by what he saw from his team in the second half.
"We really outworked them in the second half," McKenzie said. "The second half we turned it around and showed how we could play. We played like we wanted to be out there and wanted to win."
Kathy Lopez provided Ottumwa with its only goal about 13 minutes into the second half.Ottumwa (4-9) plays Des Moines Roosevelt at 7 p.m. today at Eric Wertheim Field on Senior Night.
Des Moines East 5, Ottumwa 1
Ottu 0 1 — 1
East 4 0 — 5
EAST — Goal 8:00.
EAST — Bailey Swackhamer goal, 19:00.
EAST — Gabreila Arevalo Goal 30:30
EAST — Goal 38:50.
EAST — Swackhamer Goal, 42:50.
OTTU— Kathy Lopez goal 52:50.
OTTUMWA: Total Shots — 7 (Lopez 3). Total Saves — 16 (Averi Cash 16). Total Fouls — 2.