This Week's Review in Sports
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Varsity Girls Soccer
The Oscoda Lady Owls traveled way south on Saturday to take part in the Hazel Park Preseason Tournament with the Home team, Redford Thurston and Union, Southfield Christian and Ferndale. Even though the matches will not count for the team's overall record, the Lady Owls got their season off to a great start, going 4-0 and bringing home the first place trophy.
Oscoda opened their day facing off with Redford Union. The Lady Owls exhibited some rusty play, having only two days of practice outside this season so far. The defense played strong and held Union to two shots on goal. The Owls offense peppered the Union goal with 12 shots and claimed victory, 1-0 when Amanda Gilliam stole the ball and filled the netting.
After a break, Oscoda faced off with the other team from Redford. The offensive assault continued with 14 shots on goal but this match three of those found the net for a 3-0 victory. Gilliam scored the first two and Maddie Livvix nailed the lid on the win. Megan Walker and Dafina Meco picked up assists. Meco, an exchange student from Albania, was playing her first game of American Soccer. The defense came up big again, holding Thurston to 1 shot on goal.
The Lady Owls entered the third match against the hosts knowing they had one mission. They needed a victory or they would be kept out of the Championship Match by tie breakers. Both teams fought hard and Hazel Park actually outshot the Owls 7-3 but Oscoda found the net and won 1-0. Livvix booted the game winner with Walker earning the assist. Keeper Taylor Johnson made 5 Saves and Carli Pollard posted 2 non-keeper saves.
Oscoda moved into the final against high scoring Southfield Christian. Oscoda jumped to an early lead when Walker scored a nice goal off a Livvix assist. Oscoda missed a chance to go up 2-0 but a Penalty Kick missed the mark. Southfield came down and tied the match at 1-1 but then the Lady Owls took it to another level and played hard on both ends of the field. Livvix netted two goals and the Oscoda defense held strong. Johnson made several big saves and her defense made 3 non-keepers. Two for Pollard and Kaleigh Vollmers earned her career first. Gilliam and Paige Huebel were credited with assists on Livvix's goals.
"We are excited for this season", said Head Coach Gary Schneider. "We have a strong Senior Core but we also have many new and exciting new players. Our Freshmen this year have all been active in the AYSO youth program and we expect them to be big contributors this season."
Oscoda opens their regular season on Thursday with a trip to Saginaw Nouvel for a 5:00pm clash.
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