“We had a rough start,” Duggins said. “I was happy with how I started seeing us put more of the mental aspect into it the second half to correct those things.
“In the first half, we kept beating the player and then sending [a pass] when we had 30 yards open in front of us. We also kept turning ... on the ball to send it and it’d almost always be to a white [Northwestern jersey] because Northwestern’s doing a great job of packing in their defense and bodying up on our top two forwards. So we were kind of frustrated that we weren’t threading that ball to our players, instead we were sending that ball to space and expecting someone to get it.”
Northwestern was glad to frustrate the Wildkats as many times as it was able to. Northwestern goalie Chloe Redman had five stops.
“I thought our goalie did well, she handled her space well,” Northwestern coach Samantha Elkins said. “The defense was strong, which I always appreciate. A good game — that was nice to see. I think both teams played a good game.”
On the other side, it was difficult for the Tigers to create scoring opportunities.
“Kokomo did well manning up on the ball and getting to the ball,” Elkins said. “Our passing game just struggled in that environment, but it was a good experience because I think they can see from that game the importance of handling your own space and still keeping your head on your shoulders.”
The Tigers fell to 1-2 on the season, Kokomo improved to 2-1.