Oakville Senior High boys’ soccer team gears up for next week’s district playoffs

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Like every other team in the state, the Oakville Senior High School boys’ soccer team is preparing for next week’s district playoffs.

The Tigers (14-6-2, 6-1-1 Suburban West Conference) will play in the Class 3, District 3 Tournament next week at Lind-bergh High School with Lindbergh, Fox, Mehlville and Seckman scheduled to participate. Oakville dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision last season to Vianney in the district championship game only to watch the Golden Griffins advance to the state championship game.

“This is the time of the year that everyone’s gearing up for districts,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “What it comes down to is finding what players can help Oakville to the state playoffs.”

At press time, the Tigers were riding a three-game winning streak, including Friday’s 2-1 win at Fox. The win for Oakville helps create a three-way tie for first place in the Suburban West Conference standings as the Tigers are tied with Kirkwood and Lafayette.

“We had some good games this past week,” Robben said. “Fox is a very athletic team and they marked us up really tight.”

Oakville’s Austin Bram scored the first goal of the game against Fox with Peter Hwang recording the assist. Bram has two goals this season and the junior midfielder is making the most of his playing time, according to Robben.

“Austin’s been one of those players that’s been filling in for us at a couple of different positions,” Robben said. “He’s really been making the most of his opportunity to play.”

Oakville’s game-winning goal came in the second half of play when Hwang nailed his 10th goal of the season to give Oakville the 2-1 win. The senior forward’s goal was assisted by senior midfielder Sam Shaffer.

“Peter’s been doing a really good job at finishing his chances,” Robben said. “I think that the move we made with Jake Pittroff in the midfield has really paid off.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. today — Oct. 26 — when they play host to CBC (14-5-4, 2-2 Metro Catholic Confer-ence) in a non-conference match.

The two teams met Sept. 19 for a 0-0 tie. Yet Oakville’s head coach realizes that the Cadets will be much improved since last month’s performance.

“One of the main differences is that game was played on the main field at Soccer Park whereas now we’ll be playing on a football field,” Robben explained. “We expect them to be as competitive as they ever are, so it’s going to be a good game for both teams going into districts.