Lady Bulldogs end year at the top of the CWB 2B League
OKANOGAN – Just a little bit of day light is all Okanogan’s Mylie Leitz-Rawson needed.
Leitz-Rawson broke away from her defender, striking home the opening goal six minutes into the match giving the Lady Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead against Tonasket.
From there, it just got worse for Tonasket as they had to eventually drop down to 10 players midway through the first half due to an accumulation of injuries as they had no more subs on the bench.
Okanogan didn’t show any signs of slowing down as they went on to get their seventh shutout of the season, beating Tonasket 7-0, March 25, in Central Washington 2B League action.
“This was our senior night and the girls played well. Both of our senior leaders scored, which is great on senior night,” said Dean Klepec, head coach for Okanogan.
Okanogan’s offense was able to dictate tempo for the most of the game, holding possession of the ball for long stretches.
“Defensively we did a great job of not allowing many good opportunities on goal and offensively we passed well and set up many scoring opportunities,” Klepec said.
Leitz-Rawson struck again in the 24th minute, adding her second goal, and 10 minutes later, Tamara Mathison netted in her first goal of the match to give Okanogan a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The floodgates opened up in the second half as The Lady Bulldogs scored four more goals (Ariana Perez at the 45th minute), (Leitz-Rawson at the 61st minute), (two goals from Lyndsi Streeter at the 68th and 87th minute) and didn’t concede a goal.
Colville tribal member Danielle Sparks, a forward for the Lady Bulldogs, was able to get three shots on goal, but wasn’t able to get any of them to the back of the net.
“Daniele has developed into a great forward who has become a great scorer and has had a lot of assists,” said Klepec. “She had seen goals and six assists for the season.”
Her younger sister, Sydney Sparks is defender for Okanogan and has played her way into a starting spot on the defensive back line.
“Sydney plays defense and has shut teams down on her side of the field all season long. She had two goals and was part of five shutouts. Danielle and Sydney are both fantastic athletes and competitors.”
For Klepec and the rest of the coaching staff, they believe that the best is still yet to come.
“I feel like things look very good for us as we move forward. We felt like this year’s team could have made a great run in the playoffs had we had the opportunity,” Klepec said.
This year’s team finished with 47 goals scored, and only had 10 goals scored on them, which included playing teams in the 1A, 2A and 4A classifications.
“The season went well. We improved throughout the season and the girls played hard all season long and competed in every game even against the large schools we played. They didn’t back down,” Klepec said.
Wins are hard to come by, let alone in a pandemic where matches can get canceled, but Klepec and the rest of the coaching staff were able to guide the Lady Bulldogs to a 10-win season.
“This season was hard for everyone especially because there was no postseason,” Klepec expressed. “I was worried early on that the lack of postseason opportunities would cause us to lose focus but the girls practiced hard and played hard all of the way through, they are competitive and will always compete.”
Okanogan finished with an overall record of 10 wins, three losses and one draw. (10-3-1).
“We lose two seniors that will be missed next year but return 10 starters and some very talented younger players that will only continue to improve,” Klepec says. ”The goal every year is to make a state run and I feel like that could be a very attainable goal for next year and beyond.”
Stats for the Tonasket match provided below by Okanogan coaching staff;
Mylie Leitz-Rawson from Ariana Perez in the 6th minute
Mylie Leitz-Rawson from Lindsey Jones in the 24th minute
Tamara Mathison from Jasmin Ramos in the 34th minute
Ariana Perez from Mylie Leitz Rawson in the 45th minute
Mylie Leitz Rawson from Lindsey Jones in the 61st minute
Lyndsi Streeter on a Pk in the 68th minute
Lyndsi Streeter unassisted in the 87th minute.