Oldenburg Academy girls soccer finished the regular season 9-5-2. A strong season considering several losses and ties came while we had player injuries. Thankfully our injuries were only bruises and we come to the State Tournament healthy. These in-season injuries were a good opportunity to give our younger players more playing time which really helps them gain valuable experience. When all 19 players are healthy we really shine as it showed last week during the sectionals. Oldenburg got a three game draw and proceeded to earn their second sectional title in three years.
Oldenburg Academy Girls Soccer Road to the Sectional Championship with 23 GOALS and a series SHUTOUT!
Tuesdays Game 1 resulted in a 8-0 win versus Milans young but improving soccer program. Highlights at the Milan game would include scoring coming from 6 players. Sydney Hogg scored from an assist from Lexi Brown on the kickoff with a series of perfect wall passes. Faith Sullivan finished a firm crossing pass with a one touch shot just a few minutes into the game. Ava Geers intercepts a pass for an 8 yard shot. Grace Truesdaell crashes the keeper, Pam Menesses 10 yard shot over keeper, Olivia Geers 15 yard shot into the left corner. Not to be outdone the defense of Jill Eckstein, Bella Sterchi and Clare Weidner kept the Milan offense controlled allowing keeper Molly Wachsmann with only one save for the night. Assists came from 7 different players making it impossible for Milan to know who to mark. Sharing assists were Lexi Brown, Ava Geers, Faith Sullivan, Sydney Hogg, Grace Truesdell, Leila Savage and Stella Hillenbrand.
Thursdays Game 2 vs. Switzerland County ended in a 9-0 win. Swiss co. came out very strong defensively with confident play and a man marking strategy which was effective but can be exhausting. It would be effective if we had only one or two scorers but we are blessed with a very talented pool of shooters that can shoot from anywhere. Here is rundown of the scoring: Ava Geers with 4 goals assisted by Lexi Brown, Sydney Hogg and Faith Sullivan. Freshman Leila Savage 2, Lexi Brown, Faith Sullivan and Ashley Cornelius 1 goal each. Lexi, Faith, Ava, Sydney, Kathryn Wilder and Grace T all share the spotlight with assists. Bella, Stella Hillenbrand, Jill and Clare again held the offense down only allowing 1 scoring opportunity with Molly coming up with 1 save and another shut out. I mentioned to Swiss co Coach Tully Anderson at the end of the game that they played much better than the score showed.
Saturdays Championship game vs. Rising Sun final 6-0 win. Rising Sun is always aggressive and has a great fan base so playing on their home field for the championship was going to be competitive. The Shiners played a defense heavy strategy that made us work really hard during the first half with several looks but no scoring. One thing about our team is that they are smart and can adjust and thats what we did at half time. We identified a few things that we needed to change in how we approached the Shiner defense and we were spot on. As mentioned earlier that we have several players with shooting talent and we used them to start the second half scoring. Kat Wilder put new pressure on the Shiner goal keeper by a strong 15 yard shot to the lower right corner starting a scoring spree. Coming off the bench with fresh legs and pent up energy sophomore sophomore Grace T sped up the offense resulting in the second goal of the night then Ava, Martha and Faith all scored assisted by Lexi, Pam, Sydney and Ava. Defense again took on more pressure with Molly coming up with 4 more saves to finish the series with the final shutout.
To summarize this years Sectional Championship I would have to say we have a tremendously talented team of 19. They all contributed to the win. The broad talent shows in the stats with so many scoring from so many different players assisting. When we have so many in-season and tournament shut outs it shows the confidence and depth that the defense has in their role. OA has always had great goal keepers and our new goal keeper is just as special. Molly Wachsmann has come so far in just one season and this coaching staff is so grateful she held her hand up when we asked “who wants to be goal keeper?”.
Thanks to the Sisters of St. Francis and Oldenburg Academy faculty for your support of soccer. Thanks to the families that sacrifice time and effort to support our athletes. Thanks to Holy Family for our field. We need you to be successful and owe you our thanks. This is another win for the Oldenburg Community!