Oakville girls play in St. Louis Soccer Classic


When the Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer team agreed to play in the St. Louis Soccer Classic a few years ago, the Tigers knew they would face some of the country’s most talented teams.

Such was the case last weekend when Oakville squared off against Blue Valley Northwest High School of Overland Park, Kan., and came away with an impressive 2-0 win over the Huskies.

“It was hot and humid, but we played well,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “We didn’t score against them until the last 10 minutes of the game.”

Oakville junior forward Courtney Mask got the Tigers on the scoreboard with junior midfielder Megan Flecke recording the assist. Mask’s goal was her first of the 2006 season.

“Courtney had a really good score on her part,” Robben said. “She plays on the wing and we needed to get something going up to and she has that knack for the goal.”

The Tigers increased their lead to 2-0 on a goal by junior midfielder Emma Kriegel with Flecke also recording the assist. Kriegel has three goals and two assists for eight points this season.

“Emma’s been playing really well,” Robben said. “She’s one of the premier midfielders in the area and really plays with good vision of the field.”

On Saturday morning, the Tigers faced Pius X of Lincoln, Neb., as both teams battled to a 1-1 tie at regulation after Brooke Inman scored just 20 minutes into the second half and Megan Wingenbach recorded the assist.

“Brooke’s had a really good week this past week,” Robben said. “She scored a big goal against Pius X on a goal that came under a lot of pressure and required a lot of composure on her part.”

The Tigers ended up dropping a 2-1 decision to Pius X in the second round of penalty kicks.

“Pius X is ranked No. 1 regionally and they have four or five Division I players on their team,” Robben said. “We were able to hang with them and I thought that (goalkeeper) Lindsay Goodin was outstanding and really kept us in the game.”

Oakville finished the St. Louis Classic with a 1-0 loss to Bob Jones High School.

“The field conditions were pretty rough by the end of the day,” Robben said. “We were all over their goal and just couldn’t finish. It was one of those games that was frustrating in that we just couldn’t finish.”

The Tigers are back in action at 6 p.m. today — April 13 — when they travel to Kirkwood in a Suburban West Conference.

Kirkwood defeated Oakville 3-2 last year.

“Kirkwood’s a team that last year essentially cost us the conference championship,” Robben said. “They gave us an outstanding game last year and hopefully the girls will remember that game and not look past them this year.”