Oakville girls bounce back with win over Fox

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After losing four consecutive games to some of the area’s top teams, the Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer squad finished the regular season with a 4-1 win against Fox Friday night at home.

The win for Oakville (12-9, 5-3 Suburban West) was key for the Tigers after dropping a 3-1 decision to Cor Jesu (12-6, 1-3 MWAA) May 1, a 2-0 decision to St. Joseph’s (15-2, 5-0 MWAA) May 3, a 2-0 decision to Parkway South (13-4, 7-1 Suburban West) May 5 and a 2-0 decision to Lafayette May 8.

“It was good for us to get the win because we went through a rough stretch where we played five of our last seven games against top-rated opponents,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “This was a good win for us.”

Junior midfielder Julia Douglas got the Tigers on the scoreboard just five minutes into the game with her first goal of the season. Senior forward Jasmina Suljic recorded the assist on Douglas’ goal.

“Jasmina gave Julia the ball and she struck a nice shot on goal,” Robben said. “She kept the ball low and there was a slight redirection on the shot right before it got to the goal.”

Fox quickly responded eight minutes into the first half with a goal by Chelsey Farris and Chelsea Suter recording the assist. The goal was Farris’ first of the season.

The Tigers fired back one minute later with a goal by senior midfielder Paige Colletta with Douglas grabbing the assist on Colletta’s fourth goal of the season.

“Paige’s goal was similar to Julia’s in that she came in off the right flank and took the shot on goal,” Robben said. “The ball was then accidentally redirected by a Fox player.”

Oakville took a 3-1 lead roughly 30 minutes into the first half with a goal by Suljic and senior forward Lauren Radman getting the assist.

“It was a nice goal,” Robben said. “Jasmina beat a couple of defenders and hit a ball that was well beyond the goalkeeper’s reach.”

The Tigers’ fourth goal came with about five minutes left in the second half when sophomore midfielder Kacie Fingerhut scored her first goal on the varsity squad as freshman forward Ellie Growe recorded her first assist on the varsity team.

“Both girls are up from the junior varsity team for the playoffs,” Robben said. “Ellie beat three players in the box and then crossed the ball to Katie, who ran on to the ball and scored.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they face the winner of the Fox-vs.-Northwest game in the semifinal game of the Class 2, District 3 Tournament at Oakville.