Fox girls soccer defeats Tigers when it counts in the semifinals

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Photo by Stephen Glover

Fox (white) and Oakville (black) compete May 18 in the hard-fought semifinal win for the Warriors over the Tigers.

By Stephen Glover, For the Call

What started as a dream slowly became reality for the Fox girls soccer team as the Warriors upended Oakville 1-0 last week in the Missouri Class 4, District 2 semifinals. Fox later fell to Cor Jesu Academy in the district championship game 4-0.

The Warriors (17-8) suffered back-to-back losses to Oakville this season before their final overtime win against the Tigers. But it was a yellow card drawn by Fox head coach Dustin Schnable near the end of the second half of play that seemed to invigorate his team on the field.

“We knew it was going to be hard to beat us three times in a row,” Schnable said. “These girls played the best game that I’ve seen in my life, and that’s how it’s done.”

Fox sophomore forward Aubrey Andrews scored midway through the second overtime period to rack up her team-leading 31st goal of the 2021 campaign.

“She’s just phenomenal,” Schnable said. “That was her 31st goal of the year and that just explains it all. … But it wasn’t just Aubrey, it was everybody, and that was our first complete game all season.”

The game marked the first time Oakville (15-5) lost to Fox in 20-plus years. The Tigers had an 11-game winning streak midway through the season.

“It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season,” Oakville head coach Sarah  Guenther said. “They (Fox) definitely brought some tenacity tonight, and we just couldn’t find the net. It was one of those games where you keep a team in a game they build confidence and then they put one in the back of the net. … This has been one of the best teams that I have ever coached. The team chemistry was just amazing. We were fighters and we won four OT (overtime) games with a 15-5 record. That’s one of the best records that this team has had in a long time.”