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No stopping them
Oswego girls' soccer team surges with two SPC wins

by Mike Slodki

5/1/2014

That frustration seen on area girls' soccer fields isn't because of threatening weather, it's usually coming from having to square off against the Oswego Panthers.

Two more Southwest Prairie Conference tussles highlighted the week: a 2-0 win against the visiting Plainfield East Bengals, and a 1-0 decision on Saturday in Minooka.

The two wins brought the Oswego ledger to a stellar 10-3-2, with a 5-0 record in SPC play.

The blanking of two more conference rivals meant Oswego has blanked six opponents in a row, last allowing a goal back on April 12 against Lake Zurich in the PepsiCo Showdown.

Many matches have played close, with the final score of the last six matches for Oswego either 1-0 or 2-0 affairs. The last match with any other score was a 5-0 win at Romeoville on April 10.

Facing off against the Bengals last Thursday, the hosts wasted little time getting in on the scoring action. Junior midfielder Gianna Lopez launched an attempt past the goalkeeper just 59 seconds into the contest for the eventual game-winning goal.

"My freshman year, I scored pretty quick against West Aurora," Lopez said. "I just turned and did the same thing."

Lopez feels fairly good about what her side is still capable of.

"When we want to, we can connect really well and be a good team when our heads are in it. We can all score and have the ability, it's not just one of us," Lopez said.

Other attempts would be few on both sides, as initial setups and offense would take a back seat to defense.

Junior Mikaela Mockenhaupt's shot attempts with 31 minutes left wasn't able to find the post. On the other end, senior defensive presence Kaylan Mills was able to clear a Plainfield East attempt out of the way after senior goalie standout Amy Annala (two saves) was forced out of the net.

The scoring would not pick up again until the second half, when freshman sub Maggie Pagone converted from close range making it 2-0 with 20:30 to go in the action.

"When we score early, we usually hang on for the 'W'," Oswego head coach Brian Falli said. "On the tempo, we relaxed a little bit for about 10 minutes after we scored. We started stringing some nice passes together and attacking on the wing. A couple touches this way or that way, and we probably put more on the board."

Against the host Indians on Saturday, sophomore Melissa Kasper supplied the lone offense off a Pagone assist, while Annala record a single save.

On Wednesday, the Panthers were to travel to Yorkville for a meeting with the Foxes, but results were not available at press time. On Monday, Oswego travels to St. Charles East.





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