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Oakville Senior High girls' soccer team off to a 2-1 start for the 2003 season


Oakville Senior High girls' soccer team off to a 2-1 start for the 2003 season

By STEPHEN GLOVER

For the Call

Before the 2003 season even started, Oakville Senior High School girls' soccer team suffered a major setback when junior sweeper Jessica Liss injured her knee in a collision during preseason practice.

The injury was severe enough to require surgery and sideline her for the entire season.

"It was a freak injury that happened during practice from the result of a collision," Oakville Head Coach Dave Robben told the Call. "Jessica's one of the team leaders in terms of attitude and leadership."

Liss, who scored one goal and made two assists last season, was replaced by freshman Meghan Reel. Robben explained that after a few games in the sweeper role, Reel was beginning to show the signs of a battle-tested veteran.

"The sweeper position is critical to our defense," Robben said. "She's really step-ped it up in playing that position."

The Tigers (2-1) opened up the season on Monday last week with a 3-0 loss to Ursuline Academy in the first round of the Rosary Invitational Tournament.

"I'd say right now that Ursuline is a top-five team," Robben said. "We were not that organized defensively and it was just a combination of them being a good team and us having to make adjustments."

Oakville rebounded from its season-opening loss with a 1-0 win over host Rosary when junior forward Cathy Head-rick scored with just five minutes left in the game. Headrick's goal was assisted by junior forward Lisa Pucci.

"Cathy actually had a couple of breakaways in the Ursuline game," Robben said. "She really had a good tournament last week."

The Tigers extended their winning streak with a 3-0 win over Columbia (Ill.) on Wednesday of last week. The Eagles kept the game scoreless in the first half until senior midfielder Megan Brockman was hauled down in the penalty box just 10 minutes into the second half. Brockman took full advantage of the penalty kick as she rifled a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.

"Megan's very dangerous when coming out of the backfield," Robben said. "She' reads the game really well and is one of the most experienced players on our team."

Oakville notched another goal just 30 minutes into the second half as freshman forward Lindsay Goodin scored on a pass by sophomore midfielder Kayleigh Kozem-czak. Goodin scored again with just six minutes left in the game as she capitalized on the Tigers' second penalty kick of the evening.

"It's taken Lindsay a couple of games to break in her varsity season," Robben said. "It was hard to tell just how quickly she was going to adjust to playing at the varsity level."

The Tigers returns to action at 4 p.m. today — April 3 — when they travel to Cor Jesu for an important non-conference match with the Chargers.

"Cor Jesu is an outstanding team," Robben said. "We're going to know a lot more about ourselves and where we stand by the end of this week."

The Cor Jesu game is set for a 4 p.m. start.

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