Sam Stutsman is a sophomore scoring machine

Sam Stutsman - AOTWScoring is quickly becoming second nature for sophomore Lady Panther soccer star Sam Stutsman.

Stutsman, the daughter of Jennifer and Art Stutsman, has scored in five of the last six games for the Panthers. Included in Stutsman’s five goals are two game winners and she currently leads the team with ten points to date on the season.  Behind the fire-power of Stutsman, the Panthers have gotten off to a 4-3-1 start.

“We had a better start than I thought we would,” said Stutsman. “After losing a lot of seniors from last year’s team we have played really hard to make up for it.”

Amongst Stutsman’s early season flurry of goals was an equalizer in last week’s 1-1 draw against Alton. Stutsman tied the game in the second half and helped the Panthers hand Alton their second tie of the season.

As the half-way point of the season closes in Stutsman currently sits at fourth place in overall scoring in the Southwestern Conference. The sophomore striker is only two goals behind second leading scorer and three behind the league’s leader.

For just a sophomore, Stutsman has already paved her way an impressive history as an O’Fallon Panther. Last season she topped the team with seven goals and two assists for a team high of 16 points.

“I’m used to playing up against older girls. To help I do a lot of strength training but it’s never been too much of a challenge. I got lucky with my height,” said Stutsman.

Stutsman has played soccer since she was three years old and says her favorite part is how accessible the game is to everyone.

“It’s an easy game to learn at first and it doesn’t require much to play,” said Stutsman. “So many people know how to play and it’s easy to connect people with.”