OTHS Soccer enjoys big week, prepares for post-season play

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER
Austin Wilkerson takes the ball into enemy territory during Friday night's game against SLU High. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert)

Austin Wilkerson takes the ball into enemy territory during Friday night’s game against SLU High. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert)

O’FALLON – The OTHS Boys Soccer has spent much of its 2016 season searching for consistency, and, after this past week, it is starting to look like they’ve found it. And not a moment too soon.

The Panthers took advantage of a full slate of games, producing positive results in each contest.

Thursday, O’Fallon traveled to Waterloo to take on Gibault, and the result was well worth the trip. The Panther defense gave the Blue and Gold all the boost they needed while their offense was able to scrape together just enough in a 1-0 decision.

Star scorer Austin Wilkerson would provide the winning tally, once again providing his team with a much-needed boost on the pitch.

“That’s a solid win over a very good Gibault team,” Head Coach Jason Turkington said. “They’re going to have a great postseason run.”

The following afternoon the Panthers played host to the Saint Louis University High Junior Billikins, and while the defensive performance wasn’t quite as stout as the previous evening, the O’Fallon offensive attack provided more than enough firepower to protect home turf.

OTHS benefited from an efficient and opportunistic effort, taking down a very talented SLU High team 4-2. Offense has been somewhat of an issue for the Panthers this season, but on Friday they found the touch.

“It’s always a great match (against SLU High),” Turkington said. “Helps us get ready for the postseason.”

The Panthers will conclude their 2016 regular season Thursday in a home conference tune-up against a talented but struggling Granite City team. The Warriors are averaging just over one goal a game and the Panther defense will look to prevent even that.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. The Panthers will then look to compete in the IHSA Regional.