Oakville girls’ soccer team off to a 2-0 start

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer team upped its record to 2-0 Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Notre Dame.

“It was a good game,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “They (Notre Dame) were beating us to the ball in the first half and pretty much controlled the first half.”

Notre Dame jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the game when Robyn Messey stunned the Oakville defense with Hannah Atkinson recording the assist.

“We just were not ready for their attack,” Robben said. “That ball just sliced right through our defense.”

Oakville bounced back with 17 minutes to play in the second half when senior forward Jasmina Suljic fired a corner kick on goal with junior defender Danielle Kinder recovering the ball and scoring the equalizer goal for the Tigers.

“We wanted to put pressure on their goal and started getting some corner kicks,” Robben said. “Danielle’s actually a defender and we put her in the box for the corner kick to gain some height in there.”

The Tigers scored the game-winning goal with seven minutes to play when senior defender Amanda Teschner took control of the ball and pushed it out toward the flank.

Teschner then gave the ball to senior midfielder Paige Colletta, who nailed the goal from about 40 yards out.

“That was a smart play for Paige to take the shot from where she was,” Robben said. “It was a great goal.”

The Tigers are back in action Saturday when they travel to Mehlville (2-0) for a 6 p.m. meeting with the Panthers.

“I don’t know that much about Mehlville this year, but over the years it’s been a good, competitive rivalry,” Robben said.