The Kat coach was also glad to see a shutout. Kokomo’s defenders and midfielders did a good enough job of winning balls that the Wildkats didn’t have to commit big numbers to defense, and were free in attack to cause trouble with numbers.
The Berries close the season 7-8-1. Marion 11, Western 1
Courtney Pitzer scored Western’s goal on a breakaway in the first half to narrow Marion’s lead to 3-1. Panther goalie Cybil Johnson was constantly busy, collecting 23 saves.
“I thought they played really well,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “We were kind of hoping to get somebody else this draw. We know they’re a tough school and we just made the promise that we were going to fight til the end no matter what win or lose.
“Unfortunately it didn’t show on the scoreboard but we fought hard ’til the end and I’m so proud of them.”
The Panthers finished the season 9-6-1 after finishing a game under .500 last year.