Big offense led the Panthers to a first place trophy in the Metro Cup this past week.
Action on the field got underway for OTHS last Wednesday in a non-conference match against the Freeburg Midgets. Senior Jake Koenig paved the way for a dominating 6-1 victory recording the season’s first hat trick.
Last Friday the Panthers moved on to face Marion in the semifinal round of the Metro Cup. In similar fashion, O’Fallon netted five goals and limited Marion to a single tally. Goals for the Panthers came from sophomore Mason Macias, seniors Jacob York, Matt Benway, and a pair from Jake Koenig.
Head coach Jason Turkington was impressed with the Panther’s performance against Marion.
“That’s the best game we have played so far this season. The team looked very sharp and connected on a lot of good passes,” said coach Turkington.
Awaiting O’Fallon in the final round of the tournament was the Springfield High Senators, a 2A team ranked 8th in the state in 2014-15. The Senators struck early in the first half of the game but the Panthers kept up the pressure. Good possession and chances finally led to a neutralizer from senior Mitchell Palmer with 18:28 left to play in the half. Less than thirty seconds later, senior Jake Koenig put in the go-ahead goal for a 2-1 Panther lead. Seniors Nathan Lanter and Gus Phelps assisted on the goals.
Panthers dominated the second half of play. Rarely seeing action in their own side of the field, O’Fallon kept control of the pace and fought hard to keep up their attack. The game came to a close with O’Fallon hoisting the Metro Cup.
“Starting the season out with three games in four days was tough and you could tell,” said coach Turkington. “I think it affected both teams but I was pleased to see we were able to create good chances and maintain possession throughout.”
Although the Panthers have gotten off to a fantastic start, Turkington doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
“You have to be happy with a three and zero start. Moving forward we don’t plan on changing much and I don’t see any glaring issues in our attack or defense. We’re just going to keep working on the little things and get more precise and clean play,” Turkington said.
The team will spend the week preparing for a tough away match against Edwardsville on Wednesday and competition in the St. Louis University High Shootout at SLUH this weekend.