PORTER TOWNSHIP | Times No. 4 Kankakee Valley found an interesting way to keep No. 5 Boone Grove from scoring Saturday.
It simply didn't allow the Wolves to possess the ball for any long period of time. As a result, the Kougars came out on top of a 3-0 affair.
"We had control of the ball for most of the second half and that's something to be proud of," Kankakee Valley coach Alex Conklin said. "We didn't light up the scoreboard, but I felt like in terms of possession we had a very good game, especially in the second half."
Natalie Lotz scored the first goal and Hannah Wilder quickly followed up to help K.V. build a 2-0 halftime lead.
"I just pulled out and just beat the defender," Wilder said. "It was just a good win in the middle and feed up top."
Lotz capped the scoring with another goal at 48:09. The ball bounced around the box for a bit before the senior rocketed a shot from about 15 feet, off the hands of keeper Mickey Boatwright and into the right side of the net.
The shutout is the seventh for K.V. (10-0), which has outscored opponents 48-3 this season.
The Kougars had chances to separate themselves even further on the scoreboard, but several errant shots slipped over and around the goal.
"That's the game of soccer and that happens sometimes," Conklin said. "We missed some by inches, 6 inches one way or the other and it's a different game."
The Wolves (4-3) made several good defensive stops to keep the score reasonable, also. Coach Chad Roggow said he wasn't at all disappointed with his team's play, especially considering its youth.
"(Kankakee Valley) is a very, very good team," Roggow said. "We did have a few opportunities, but we had a two-front trying to keep the game respectable against a really good team."