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|Oswego's two-goal lead holds up against Oswego East|
|by Mike Slodki|
If only every boys' soccer matchup for Oswego and Oswego East was as close and exciting as last Thursday's.
Oswego probably wishes that notion was true a little more.
The Panthers staked out a two-goal lead in the Southwest Prairie Conference tussle along Daryl Thompson Blvd., and held on for a 2-1 win in front of filled bleachers.
Oswego is now 8-5 (4-1 Southwest Prairie Conference) after the win over the Wolves and a Saturday setback to Marmion Academy.
Oswego East fell to 5-9-2 and 1-4 in the SPC after the crosstown loss and a loss to East Aurora on Saturday.
Opportunities started to come for Oswego as they powered through the Wolves' bend-but-don't-break defensive wall.
While Sean Phetchanpheng made a couple of athletic saves, Curtis Grysiewicz was able to handle the ball with crisp passing.
The scoring machine showed his assist skills by sending the ball to Ryan Totsch. By his lonesome, Totsch rocketed the ball into the net from 20 yards out for the first goal of the match with 15 minutes, 57 seconds remaining in the first half.
Jeremy Wine's shot hit the top of the goal 11 minutes later, and the score remainined at the one-goal deficit going into the halftime break.
With 32:49 remaining in regulation, the Panthers struck again thanks to an assist from Wine to weapon Felipe Duran for a shot to the net for a 2-0 lead.
Wine, witness and participant to the recent three-match win streak that began after a hardluck loss 11 days ago to Minooka, saw a scoring opportunity and acted on the opening.
"I just knew I could place it right where I wanted it," the captain said. "I placed it right by the 'six' got a header to it and we got a shot off. It worked out in the end."
It's almost as if the loss to the Indians in conference play happened to someone else.
"I think after Minooka, we kind of got our heads together and worked out our situations that we needed," Wine said.
The Panthers were then in the business of holding a two-goal lead, which worked for a while, but then Oswego East finally struck with 2:27 remaining in regulation on a goal from Oscar Martinez. It was the first actual shot on goal from the visitors.
The defenders did their job for the remaining time on Oswego's end and held off the intense play from the Wolves until time ran out.
The Panthers' effort was pleasing to OHS head coach Travis Carlisle.
"We've got some nice momentum building," Carlisle said. "We're heading toward those last couple of conference games, and I thought it terms of just pure soccer, our possession game, I thought this was the best we've played since the beginning of the season."
OEHS head coach Steve Szymanski wished the scoring rally was more plentiful and earlier, despite the close finish.
"I thought (Oswego) was the better team," Szymanski said. "They came out the aggressor. I wish there was more consistency."
Oswego suffered a 2-0 loss to visiting Marmion on Saturday, with Christian Torres recording one save.
Oswego faces Lemont as part of the Warrior Invite hosted by Waubonsie Valley today, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4:30 p.m., and faces the Warriors themselves in Aurora on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.
Conference action resumes on Tuesday, Oct. 9, against road team Plainfield Central.
The Panthers also officially learned of their postseason path this past week, with the ninth seed in their possession as part of the West Chicago Sectional.
In the Naperville Central Regional, Oswego faces off against (7) Waubonsie Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. The winner faces top seed Naperville Central, (16) Geneva or (17) Batavia in the title match on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Oswego East Soccer
The Wolves dropped a 2-1 decision to host East Aurora. The Tomcats scored with 7:30 elapsed in the game. East Aurora then scored with 11:30 to go before the Wolves finally reached the scoreboard with 3:02 remaining in the contest.
OEHS takes on visiting Plainfield Central in conference play today, Thursday, Oct. 4, followed by a trip to Lombard for a clash with Glenbard East on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, sees a meeting at Plainfield North High School.
The regional assignments were doled out for the Wolves on Tuesday, with OEHS carrying the 14th seed as part of the West Chicago Sectional.
The Wolves take on (3) West Chicago in the Metea Valley Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4:30 p.m. The winner of the Wildcats/Wolves match faces either (8) Metea Valley or (11) Plainfield East.