When the Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer team captured the District 9 championship last week with a 1-0 win over Rockwood Summit, it marked the third consecutive district championship for the Tigers.
But the Tigers’ victory over Summit on May 17 was anything but easy.
“The last two minutes of the game, they (Summit) pushed everyone up, including the goalkeeper,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “Everyone on their team was in our box and they had us pinned in. But to our kids’ credit, they did what they had to do in order to win the game.”
Oakville (17-5-2, 7-0-1 Suburban West) jumped out to the 1-0 lead early in the first half when Emma Kriegel scored at the 10-minute mark on a cross by junior midfielder Megan Flecke.
Sophomore forward Jasmina Suljic also received an assist on Kriegel’s goal.
Kriegel, a junior midfielder, currently leads Oakville with 32 points scored and is tied for the lead in goals scored with 11 and assists with 10.
“Emma has played really well during districts,” Robben said. “Flecke made a good cross, and Emma was very composed on her shot. She stepped in to bury the ball and finish the shot off.”
Oakville’s Lindsey Goodin recorded her 11th shutout of the season, bringing her record to 15-4-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average.
“Lindsey didn’t really have a lot to do because she was always in the right place at the right time,” Robben said. “She played well with a lot of composure.”
The Tigers are back in action today — May 25 — when they face Parkway Central in the state sectional game.
Parkway Central (16-7-3) is coming off a 2-0 win over Hazelwood West to win the District 10 championship.
The Colts’ offense is bolstered by Casey Berrier and Lindsay Brisko, who have combined for 26 goals and nine assists this season.
“All I know about Parkway Central is that they beat Hazelwood West who’s certainly a good team,” Robben said. “They (Parkway Central) are a well-coached team, and the key for us is going to be to continue doing what we’ve been doing and play good team defense.”
Oakville’s state sectional game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Conference Center in Fenton.