Tigers fall after impressive last win

By Stephen Glover

Consistently inconsistent is a peculiar term that you will hear a coach use every so often.

Yet it’s probably the best way to describe the boys’ soccer team at Oakville Senior High School this season after experiencing several highs and lows in the first half of action.

“I think that the main thing is that every week, there’s an outstanding game and then there’s a letdown game,” Oakville Head Coach Dave Robben told the Call. “There’s just an overall inconsistency in our play. I think that we’re slowly getting to where we want to be. The potential is there for us to be a good team.”

The Tigers (9-5, 3-1 Suburban South) struggled in a 1-0 loss to Parkway South last Friday after coming off a huge 1-0 win over Webster Groves.

Against Webster Groves, the Tigers held their first home game of the season on their newly renovated field, which drew rave reviews by the Oakville head coach.

“It’s a very good surface to play on,” Robben said. “We had a really good game against Webster and pulled together in the last ten minutes of the game.”

Oakville found itself in a do-or-die situation with the Statesmen until senior forward Kevin Marchi scored the game winning goal to give the Tigers the win.

Senior defender Jeremy Haegele grabbed the assist on Marchi’s goal.

“Kevin’s been out for 10 games with a sprained ankle,” Robben explained. “His goal and play up top was very exciting to see.”

On Friday evening, Oakville traveled to Parkway South and once again found itself in a tough battle with Parkway South.

Yet the outcome was much different this time around as the Patriots handed Oak-ville a 1-0 defeat and disrupted the Suburban South Conference’s standings.

“They’ve (Parkway South) been up and down all season and certainly were ready for us,” Robben said. “We had an OK game, but obviously not enough to stay with Parkway South.”

Oakville returned to action Wednesday in the Hudson Tournament, which is played at St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton.

The Tigers were scheduled to play Marquette at 7 p.m Wednesday — after the Call went to press.

“Marquette is essentially the same team that they had last year.” Robben said. “They gave us a good game last year in the Hudson Tournament Final.”

The tournament semifinal is slated for an 8 p.m. start Friday while the championship game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start Saturday evening.