Panther soccer splits week’s competition


soccer ball - generic RESIZEDO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Township High School Boys Soccer team had a pair of games this past week, and came out of the schedule with mixed results.

On Tuesday, the Panthers traveled to Belleville to take on the Maroons of Belleville West in a Southwestern Conference clash.

The contest was tight throughout, and, thanks to some poorly timed offensive miscues and stout defensive performances, was tied at zero at the halfway mark. O’Fallon senior Austin Wilkerson made sure that would not hold up, however, as he netted the tie-breaking goal in the second half.

The heroics would prove to be enough for OTHS, as the 1-0 score would hold for a Blue and Gold road win.

Thursday’s trip north to Springfield did not end on such a happy note after the Panther’s matchup against Chatham Glenwood.

The Titans came out of the gates strong with some steady offensive possession and pressure. Panther goalie Joe Guithues stymied the Glenwood assault for as long as he could until the Titans found the back of the net in the first.

O’Fallon would again struggle on offense, unable to muster the same kind of goal-scoring firepower they found last week against Marion. Glenwood would hold a shutout throughout the game, winning 1-0, leaving the Panthers to limp home again wondering where the offense went.

OTHS will return to the pitch on Thursday when they travel to Waterloo to take on Gibault Catholic. Gibault will enter the contest having won 11 of their past 12 games, with a loss at Alton breaking up their season’s longest winning streak.

Gibault will pose a number of problems for the Panthers, as they rely on the play of a stingy defense to suffocate their opponent’s offenses. O’Fallon has often struggled finding a consistent offensive rhythm this season, and the upcoming game will offer another chance to break through against a tough opponent.