OA soccer athletes

Submitted photo by TriState Studios The 2016 Oldenburg Academy boys' soccer team members are (front left) manager Marie Hoog, Nick Moorman, Jacob Henson, Luke Ruter, Nate Hollingsworth, Sergio Dole, Ethan Eldridge, Elliott Jarman and Adam Mullen; (middle left) Sam Rippe, Drew Kersey, Noah Henson, Austin Kersey, Noah Schmahl, Sam Mahoney, Alex Geers, Adam Huber, Ben Kraus and Tyler Wachsman; and (back left) Ben Abrams, Matthew Hoog, Max Kirschner, Matthew Zinser, Christopher Morman, Nate Folop, Stuart Lamping, Lucas McFee, Sam Johnson, Riley Schalk and head coach Ken Getz.

The Oldenburg Academy boys' soccer team defeated Connersville High School 2-0 Sept. 24 at Bill Gillespie Soccer Park.

"We didn’t play our best game, but had spurts of nice play," observed head coach Ken Getz. "I thought we gave the ball up to early at times, not taking the space that was given to us. Connersville didn’t pressure us very hard, and we didn’t take advantage of what they were giving us.

"We did put up 19 shots with 10 on goal, which is what we need every game."

Lucas McFee scored in Period 1 at 18:51 assisted by Sergio Dole pass into the 18. The other goal was from senior Nate Hollingsworth. Stuart Lamping got fouled in the box and was awarded a penalty kick, which Hollingsworth took and calmly put into the back of the net.

"It was a nice way to end your last home game as a player," Getz affirmed.

The OA defense was stout, giving up just 4 shots and no goals scored. Allen Mullen had 3 saves.

Connersville had 4 shots with 3 on goal, 7 fouls, 2 corner kicks and 1 hand ball; and their keeper had 8 saves.

The team's season record stands at 7-4-1.

"We celebrated 10 seniors on Saturday along with their parents. Where did the four years go?" the coach wondered. "I want to thank everybody. A special thanks to John and Rosemary Zinser, Matt Eldridge, Bob Huber and everybody else that helped make it a special day. You will all be missed."

Junior varsity

JV capped off their season with a 2-0 victory, reported coach Mike Wilhelm. Their season record was 3-5-2.

"It was the Ben Abrams show as Ben got both goals on the day," Wilhelm reported. "After the game we talked about how are season unfolded. We talked about how this group is the future of OA soccer, and we believe we are in great shape for the years ahead. This group has tremendous upside."

Abrams scored in Period 1 at 15:45 on a head shot off a corner kick, assisted by Adam Huber. He scored again in Period 1 at 10:23 assisted by Ben Kraus as the keeper deflected the ball.

In sectional, the 8-4-1 Twisters play 6-4 Hauser at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Jac-Cen-Del High School. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

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