The Chiefs gave him the answer he was looking for.
Despite being two starters down, the Chiefs produced the result Muston was looking for.
"We're actually missing two of our main starters, one on defense and one on offense," Lemon said. "I knew our team has been playing so well this year that I trusted my team and the people that were coming in."
"It was big because two of our starters weren't here, so it was a challenge for other players coming off the bench," said Wade, who moved from forward to midfield. "I thought I had to play more defensive because one of our best defenders wasn't here today. Normally I play offense. In midfield you play both. So I played more defense today."
"It was huge because we have a lot of respect for their team and they've done quite well this year. We are really happy with the results," Muston said. "I thought today was a really good example of how well the team plays together."
"We've got a lot of injuries right now. We're trying to fight through them. We have four players out with injuries, three of them are starters," ND-WB/D coach
The Nikes got the first scoring opportunity in the second minute.
"It's good for Malorie to get that kind of success. Last year we had so many close games. The defense has made her job a lot easier," Muston said.
Keokuk (10-1), which has won 10 straight matches, got on the scoreboard late in the half. Lemon made a run up the middle and tried to shoot from the box. But Kreiss came out and made the initial save. Lemon corralled the rebound and put it in the open net to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.
"I was getting a little stressed because no one had scored yet. I was going down there like, 'We need this one.' I was trying hard for my team. It was for the team," Lemon said.
Johnston completed the scoring with 24 minutes left in the match, taking a long through ball from Wade and depositing it past Kreiss, who had come off her line.
"I knew she was up there. She is really fast, so I know she'll get it. I just kicked it up there for her and she went and got it," Wade said. "I try my hardest. I know I'm a leader on this team, so I tried to boost up my game today."
"I thought both of our strikers really took advantage of their opportunities. With their speed, it starts to wear down the defense a little bit," Muston said.
Keokuk will get its two missing starters back next week. For ND-WB/D it is all about survival while it waits for its walking wounded to return.
"I think it is a pretty big match. In the four years that I've been playing, it's always been we win, they win, we win, they win, we win. It's always hit or miss. I think this was a big confidence booster for us for the rest of the season," Lemon said.
"I can't say enough about how positive
"I'm proud of the way the girls played. They played hard. They ran hard. They passed the ball well. We're just in an unlucky spell right now. But we'll turn it around. I think the girls are confident of that, too," Ackerman said.
Keokuk 2, ND-WB/Danville 0
Keokuk 1 1 -- 2
Keokuk -- 6:15 first half,
Shots 18 5
Saves 2 9
Fouls 10 5
Offsides 4 1
Free kicks 6 14
Corner kicks 7 3
Penalty kicks 0 0
Goal kicks 15 21
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Records: Keokuk 10-1,
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