Coming off a week with one tie and one loss while scoring just a single goal, Oldenburg Academy’s Lady Twister soccer team was looking to get healthy against a 4-8-1 Rising Sun Shiner squad Tuesday (Sept. 24) at the Bill Gillespie soccer fields.
That mission was accomplished.
Scoring three times before intermission and twice more after the break, OA claimed the one-sided match by a 5-0 final.
Molly Wachsmann, one of four senior co-captains for the Twisters, had a very uneventful night in goal as possession was played almost entirely in Rising Sun territory.
The same couldn’t be said of RS keeper, freshman Kieran Groover. The youngster was tested early and often by the experienced home team.
Kathryn Wilder released a couple shots in the opening 10 minutes that Groover gobbled up. OA’s breakthrough came with 28:43 on the clock. Wilder fed a ball to fellow co-captain Faith Sullivan, whose shot from about 30 yards sailed over the keeper’s head.
The pair switched roles minutes later for a 2-0 Twister lead. At 21:49, Wilder sent a pass from Sullivan past the outstretched hands of Groover.
Oldenburg continued its attack over the next 10 minutes, with attempts by Sullivan, co-captain Grace Mack, sophomore Emma Weberding, freshman Mimi Wilder and a corner taken by K. Wilder.
An opening came at the 10:23 point, when the Shiners were called for a foul inside the 6-yard box. Sullivan banged the penalty kick through for a 3-score lead.
Before the halftime break, Kat Wilder and fellow senior Allison Storms each took a pair of shots that were denied. Another, by senior Ashley Cornelius, flew over the crossbar. To Groover’s credit, she compiled close to 10 saves in the first 40 minutes of play.
The second half began as the first half had, with the Twisters popping off shots at will and the Shiners unable to counter. Cornelius, Sullivan and junior Leila Savage shots were a little off to start the period; Groover stopped other tries by Sullivan and K. Wilder. The latter triggered the first score of the second half, tapping one to Savage at midfield. Savage easily dribbled in for a 4-0 advantage with 32:07 remaining.
More than 25 minutes elapsed before a ball found the net. Several OA tries were off target, from Weberding, both Wilders and Sullivan. At 12:45, Sullivan took a corner kick that crossed into Pam Meneses; the junior couldn’t convert, the ball going wide left.
With 6:49 remaining, the combination of Meneses and senior Mindy Eckstein delivered a ball that slipped off Groover’s fingers. Sullivan quickly got to the rebound and completed the hat trick to round out the evening’s scoring.
OA was called for two offsides in the match and picked up a late foul.
Oldenburg (7-2-1) played host to South Dearborn Thursday (result not available at press time) and makes a long trek to face Evansville Mater Dei Saturday. The regular season finale is home with Franklin County Monday.