With the season quickly winding down, the Oakville Senior High School girls’ soccer team essentially is entering the “final exam” of the schedule.
The Tigers (10-4, 3-1 Suburban West) will play host today — May 1 — to Cor Jesu Academy and will play host Saturday afternoon to St. Joseph’s Academy, which is ranked seventh in Region V of the National Soccer Coaches Association of Amer-ica poll.
Cor Jesu has won five of its last six games.
But St. Joseph’s has struggled against nationally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas of Over-land Park, Kan., and St. Teresa’s Academy of Kansas City.
“This is going to be a true test for us in how well we stack up against some of the best teams in the area,” Oakville head coach Dave Robben said. “It looks like Cor Jesu is clicking at about the right time in the season and St. Joseph’s is always a difficult team to play.”
The Tigers are coming off a 2-0 win over Collinsville, Ill., in the now-canceled 19th annual Joseph Carenza Memorial Catholic Youth Council Tournament at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton. The tournament was canceled over the weekend due to poor weather conditions and the end of the regular season nearing for several teams.
“It was a good game where we played some of the best soccer we’ve played all year,” Robben said. “Over the last three games, we’ve finally started clicking and this was a good game from start to finish.”
Oakville jumped out to a 1-0 lead 17 minutes into the first half as Jasmina Suljic scored her 12th goal of the season assisted by Megan Brady and Megan Wingenbach.
“Megan Brady took the first shot and the keeper blocked the shot,” Robben said. “Wingenbach took a shot on goal and the keep deflected that shot so Suljic pounded it into the goal. It was a good effort from all the players and it came at the right part of the game.”
The Tigers extended their lead to 2-0 in the second half with a goal by Brady, her sixth of the season, with Suljic getting her 10th assist of the year.
“That goal took a little pressure off of us,” Robben said. “Collinsville is a pretty good team and we had some scary moments on their counterattack throughout the game.”
Oakville goalkeeper Elyse Hebenstreit recorded the win, upping her record to 4-3 overall with a 1.21 goals-against average. The shutout was her seventh of the season.
Oakville plays Cor Jesu at 6 p.m. today at Mehlville Senior High. Saturday’s game against St. Joseph’s begins at 1 p.m. at Mehlville.