YORK -- The Beatrice girls soccer team squandered a half time lead in their York Tournament opener, but was able to put their opponent away in the consolation match.

Beatrice led host team York 2-0 at half time on Saturday, but allowed three goals in the second half to suffer a 3-2 loss.

The Lady O found themselves ahead 2-0 again in the consolation game against Aurora and went on to win 4-0.

"We came out and finished the game in the second half, rather than giving up the momentum like we did in the first game," said Beatrice Coach Greg Sederberg.

Tabby Steel had two goals in the second game while Natalie Delaine and Shelbi Andersen had a goal each. Beatrice's two goals in first match came from Kennedy Vater and Alexis Collins.

Sederberg said his team has learned a lot from their first three games of the season. They suffered a loss to Omaha Roncalli on Thursday at home.

"We're a pretty young team overall," Sederberg said. "A lot of the time throughout the first three games, six of our 11 players on the field have been freshmen or sophomores. There's definitely a big learning curve in any sport for freshmen, especially when you start out with a pretty high level of competition, so I think we're learning a lot and moving forward as a team."

Sederberg was happy with the play of Shelbi Ankerson and Kaleigh Fielder.

"She has played really well for us so far," Sederberg said of Ankerson. "She plays with a lot of speed, which creates a lot of things for us. I also think Kaleigh Fielder took a big step forward for us on defense in the second game. She is one of the leaders on our team and is a key part of our defensive success."

Sederberg sai dhis three midfielders, Tabby Steel, Nalin Theplikhith and Brie Drees, also did some good things.

"They've really started to understand what we're looking for in our system and are starting to look a lot better shape-wise in our formation," Sederberg said.

The Lady O will be in action again on Thursday when they play at Crete.

"With having so many young girls playing a lot of minutes, I think we'll make some really big gains as the season goes along and just keep getting better and better," Sederberg said.


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