Oakridge blanks Montague in season, conference opener

Local Sports Journal

The Oakridge girls soccer team is taking up where they left off last season.

The reigning conference champion Oakridge Eagles showed why they are the class of the league Tuesday after dominating conference opponent Montague 7-0.

“Overall it was a good start for us,” said Oakridge head coach Jeff Lohman. “We were able to show a bit of our depth today, giving girls some quality minutes in different positions on the field.”

Oakridge got on the board just nine minutes into the match, when Brandy Weaver, assisted by Emily Jacoutot, bagged the season’s first goal into the far corner of the Wildcats’ goal.

Five minutes later, Morgan Larabee, assisted by Mackayla Zimmer, netted a one-touch shot, and Aliza Olsen’s header, assisted by Nicole Karel, gave the Eagles the 3-0 lead at the break

Olsen, this time assisted by Lanessa Meyers, put her squad up four goals four minutes into the second half, and Zimmer, assisted by Kaitlyn Mclain and Hannah DeLora, picked up goals at 28 minutes and 29 minutes, respectively, into the second half.

Summer Messerchmidt, assisted by Mclain, capped the scoring with 12 minutes left in the match.

Oakridge won the shots-on-goal battle 9-0 and finished with a 16-0 edge in total shots over the Wildcats.

“Our girls showed some good thinking on the field today so we were happy with that,” said Lohman. “We need to work on the timings of our runs and our communication with each other but overall the coaching staff is happy with how we played.”

Wednesday’s match up with Holland Black River presents a real challenge for Oakridge.

“We are looking forward to the early test,” said Lohman.

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