Oldenburg Academy celebrated Senior Day with a historic first-time event Sept. 20. Four state-ranked soccer teams played in the same day at Holy Family Soccer Field, known by players as The Graveyard. The Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association ranked OA’s girls’ soccer team 16th in Indiana’s Division 1A, and the team faced the Providence High School, Clarksville, team which is ranked No. 1 in Division 2A, per the association’s Web site.
The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association ranked the OA boys’ team at 14th, and OA did battle with No. 5 ranked Providence. The ISCA also ranked the OA girls’ team at 11th in the state.
OA came up short in the girls’ game 2-1, as well as in the boys’ 1-0, but either game could have gone the other way, according to boys’ coach Ken Getz.
“We acknowledged five senior players on their day,” said girls’ coach Kendra Getz, “and they are Sarah Wilder, Emma Schulte, Kirsten Ricke, Olivia Lewis and Ella Lamping.”
When the girls’ game began, Providence came out quick and scored within the first minute. OA sophomore Elizabeth Schulte responded with a perfect ball to Wilder, who scored her eighth goal of the season. Right before the half ended, Providence was able to get behind the OA defense and score again. The second half was an even match, and neither team was able to score.
“This was a great team and one that will truly get us ready for the post season” the coach said.
OA ended the game with 27 shots and 13 on goal, while Providence had 16 shots and nine on goal. Regan Weberding caught nine saves. OA falls to 9-3 on the year.
The Twisters will take on the Franklin County High School Wildcats at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29.
“Brian Weberding had two of his shots hit off the cross bar,” said Ken Getz. “If they would have been 2 inches lower, (they) would have been goals.
“(Providence) plays the way we like to, and that is to keep possession and make the other team make a mistake and then take advantage of it.”
Providence scored in period one at 13:43 after stealing the goal kick and taking a shot inside the 18.
“I thought our defense kept us in the game. Mark Hoog shut down the left side of the field. Providence took advantage of the one mistake that our defense had, as they collected a 50/50 ball off a punt and got behind our defense. Their leading scorer put a nice shot just out of Jeremy Kelnhofer’s reach. This was a good game for us as tournament time is getting close.”
OA had 11 shots with five on goal, one offsides, eight fouls and one corner. Kelnhofer had four saves. Providence had 21 shots with six on goal, four offsides, seven fouls, nine corners and two hand balls. Their keeper had five saves.
“Providence was the state runner-up last year, and if you remember, they were the team that beat us in semistate. I thought Providence by far was the best passing team we have faced all year.
“I want to thank everybody for a wonderful Senior Day,” said the boys’ coach. “I don’t want to miss anybody, but I do want to give special thanks to Julie Alley and Katie Lewis for heading up the festivities. It was great to see all of the fans that we had there to cheer us on. I have been to a lot of Senior Days at OA, and this one broke the record for attendance. I will probably miss some alumni, but I did talk to several boys: Trevor Kinker, Josh Kinker, Jacob Moorman, Max Moorman, Daniel Mullen, Alex “Boy Scout” Johnson and Luke Wilger. Seeing these boys come back to watch and help out with the program speaks volumes of what we are all about.”