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Kendall County crunch
Surging Oswego girls' soccer team pounds Yorkville

by Mike Slodki


Everybody seems to be getting in on the act for the Oswego girls' soccer team.

Luckily, that act seems to be a smash hit most of the time.

On April 30, Oswego (11-4-2, 5-0 Southwest Prairie Conference) took its act west to Campbell Field in Yorkville, where the visitors laid waste to the Foxes by an 8-0 count. The Panthers' seven-match win streak was halted at St. Charles East on Monday by a final of 2-1.

Junior Mikaela Mockehaupt and classmate Caitlin Lukowski had two goals apiece, while the four other conversions were employed by senior Ami Zacker, sophomore Erin Marchert, sophomore Jordyn Schoen and junior Katie Olcott.

Assists were tallied by Mockenhaupt on two occasions, junior Gianna Lopez, Schoen and freshman Abby Grzetic.

After Zacker's goal with 5:55 left in the first closed out the half's scoring, Oswego poured it on in the second with six goals, and Mockenhaupt's second with 21:01 remaining triggered the running clock. Olcott's goal with 8:02 to go closed the scoring books.

The amount of offense made an easy night for senior goalkeeper Amy Annala, who was in the odd position of not having a 1-0 or 2-0 match to deal with like the previous seven matches.

"We all decided that that wasn't our best to start off, and we knew we had to make a statement today and it being the last game before seeding. We've been playing well but we know we have more in there," Annala said.

The more and merrier offensive output was good to see on Oswego head coach Brian Falli's end.

"Obviously, our offense has been sputtering a little bit, and it's kind of nice to put more than one or two up there," Falli said. "The difference is we put the ball in the back of the net. We're doing the right things, but in the 1 and 2-0 games we just hadn't been finishing."

Against the host Saints, the lone goal was tagged by Mockenhaupt on an assist from junior Kelsey Kraft.

The Panthers' postseason assignment was mapped out officially on Friday, as well.

As the sixth-seed in the Naperville North Sectional, Oswego's draw is No. 12 seed Oswego East in a rematch from April 5. The match is scheduled as a semifinal at the Metea Valley Regional on May 20, at 7 p.m., tipping off shortly after No. 3 Metea Valley and No. 14 Lockport do battle.

The regional title match is set for May 23, at 7 p.m., with the winner facing either Plainfield North, West Aurora, Plainfield Central or East Aurora in sectional semi action.

Wednesday had a scheduled conference match at Plainfield North, with results unavailable at press time.

On Saturday, the Panthers host Batavia, while Tuesday has Senior Night against Plainfield Central.

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