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Oakville girls open soccer season with win

It was nearly a case of déjà vu for the Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer team Friday night when the Tigers opened the 2007 season with a 3-1 win over William Horlick Senior High of Racine, Wis.

Oakville opened the 2006 season with a 2-0 win over Horlick as Lauren Radman and Megan Reel scored goals for the Tigers.

The Tigers found themselves tied 0-0 with Horlick after the first half as they tried to establish a rhythm against the Polaris.

“It was pretty typical of an opening game,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben told the Call. “It took us a while to settle down and get our rhythm, but overall we controlled most of the game in the first half.”

Oakville took a 1-0 lead with about 18 minutes to play in the second half when Brooke Inman scored on an assist by Julia Douglas.

“Julia sent Brooke in with the ball, and Brooke was just stealing space in front of the goal,” Robben said. “It was a real nice effort on both of their parts.”

Horlick immediately tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Laura Lins. But the Tigers continued to dominate most of the game as Emma Kriegel scored on an assist by Douglas and Megan Flecke.

“We got our composure and then started attacking their goal,” Robben said. “Emma’s goal was started on a smart play by Julia, who made the pass to Megan, who then passed it to Emma. It was a nice heads-up play.”

Oakville’s third goal came from Jasmina Suljic with Flecke recording the assist.

“Flecke made a good move to the right, which freed up Jasmina,” Robben said. “Jasmina has a good move of steal space in front of the goal and when she got the ball, she put it in the net.”

Oakville’s back in action today — March 29 — when the Tigers play host to Mehlville in their first Suburban West Conference game of the season. Mehlville (1-1) is coming off a 5-0 win over Hillsboro in which Christy Capkovic scored two goals and two assists.

“There’s definitely a sense of competition between the two schools,” Robben said. “Our focus right now is to get some momentum going and really get things started. The one thing we learned from last season is that having an off-night in our conference can really come back to haunt you.”

Oakville’s conference match with Mehlville is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start.

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