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Early signs point Panthers' way : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Early signs point Panthers' way
Kraft, Mockenhaupt find net as Oswego wins 2-0 over Oswego East

by Mike Slodki


When crosstown rivals meet on the girls' soccer field, records can usually be thrown out the window. After all, who would care about such things when a chance arises for village supremacy?

After the buzzer had sounded on Saturday afternoon, it was Oswego that benefited with goals by juniors Kelsey Kraft and junior Mikaela Mockenhaupt to best visiting Oswego East 2-0.

"It was nice to just play on our field and not on turf," Oswego head coach Brian Falli said. "It's a different game. Things that were staying in today and were going out of bounds (Friday) night."

While the Wolves dropped to 1-5 in their only action of the week, the Panthers beat West Chicago on Friday, 2-1 and lost to Waubonsie Valley on Monday 2-0. Oswego is now 3-2-2 after seven matches.

"We've had a rough start, but we'll just focus on conference and we want to go 7-0 in conference. So that's our main goal," Kraft said.

In the crosstown battle, Kraft had a breakaway attempt five minutes into the contest, but was wide. Quickly after, she punched the ball through the net off a sophomore Melissa Kasper assist past sophomore keeper Bridget Moran for the 1-0 lead 5:13 into the match.

The physical contest continued with both sides unable to follow through on a handful of scoring opportunities. Mockenhaupt was stopped at the 12-minute mark, as was senior Lisa Dano two minutes later. Oswego East's best opportunity from freshman Safia Hannin was just off with four minutes remaining in the half.

"We were not our best today," Oswego East head coach Hayley Morganegg said. "This is an early game. We are young and going to make mistakes. Without experience in this type of game, mistakes are going to be made."

Kasper effectively put the match away with a goal off of a junior Caitlin Lukowski assist with 30:30 to go. Krissy Klingbeil had a free kick opportunity that was wide for the best of the remaining scoring opportunities. Senior Amy Annala had five saves between the posts for the win.

"We actually switched our formation against West Chicago," Falli said. "We wanted to set the tone those first 15 minutes. Melissa played a great ball and sent it off to Kelsey for the score."

Against West Chicago, the Panthers' goals came from Kraft off a Lukowski assist, and an unassisted Mockenhaupt goal. Annala had five saves.

Oswego heads to Romeoville today, Thursday, while facing Lake Zurich at Olympic Park's Pepsi Showdown on Saturday. The next matchup takes place on Tuesday, with tournament site and opponent unknown.

Oswego East picks up the schedule today, Thursday, against Plainfield South, and Monday against the visiting Titans of Illinois Math and Science Academy.

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