Soccer Panthers find success during up and down week

Team defeats Marion High School 5-2


soccer ball - generic RESIZEDThe O’Fallon Township High School soccer team started the week off in a promising way on Monday night, topping Marion High School 5-2 at the Panther Athletic Complex.

The Panthers used an all-around dominant scoring performance to put away a Wildcat team who put forth a strong first half effort, scoring two early goals on a sluggish O’Fallon defense.

“It’s a great win over a very talented Marion squad,” Head Coach Jason Turkington said after the game. “A really well done, high powered win by our boys.”

OTHS scored two first half goals of their own, and used a much improved defensive performance in the second half to pull away from Marion. Three goals would simply prove too devastating to the Wildcats, and the Panthers would power their way to a 5-2 victory.

The win was a nice turnaround from a tough exit from the CYC Bob Guelker Memorial Soccer Tournament in Fenton, Missouri, over the past week. O’Fallon was eliminated following a 1-0 loss to a very talented Chaminade team on Thursday night.

The tough loss followed Wednesday’s 4-1 win over St. Mary’s (MO). The Panthers were glad to get a decisive victory following a hard fought 1-1 draw against Vianney on Tuesday.

O’Fallon needed some late drama in that first contest, netting the tying goal in the 75th minute. Vianney had a golden opportunity to walk out of the contest a 2-1 winner until OTHS goalkeeper Joe Guithues’ miraculous save in the final seconds to preserve the draw.

“That was a great result against a brilliant Vianney team,” Turkington said. “We had a wonderful team effort and we got better from it.”

The Panthers returned to the pitch on Tuesday night to take on the Maroons in Belleville. That contest went final after this issue went to print. O’Fallon then travels north to Springfield to take on Chatham Glenwood on Wednesday.