Annual rivalry brings high emotions

Annual rivalry brings high emotions

Huddle up: OHS soccer players huddle around goalie Alec McChesney (12) before the game to discuss strategy.

After a disappointing loss to Mehlville last year, OHS soccer is “pumped” for an opportunity to add onto their three game winning streak against them tonight.

Besides the obvious significance of the annual MHS-OHS rivalry, OHS (3-1-0) conference record sits second in the Suburban West Conference, behind Marquette. A win tonight wouldn’t give them the conference lead, but it would give them a little more cushion to fall back on.

Last year, the annual game was played at MHS on Oct. 12. The two teams went into half time tied at 0-0. During the opening minutes of the second half, however, MHS leading scorer this year, Aris Nukic, broke away. After too many OHS defenders collapsed on him, he passed the ball to a wide open player in front of goal, who scored.

“It was a tough game to swallow. We played pretty well, but we just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” said head coach Dave Robben.

There has been one common thread among the recent three game winning streak OHS soccer has had: team play, and timely goal scoring.

“We’re getting solid contributions from more than just one or two players. It’s really taken pressure off some guys. This is key to us,” said Robben.

OHS players are also excited, especially the players that were on the team last year. The game will be played at OHS this year, and hopefully bring a different outcome.

“We’ve been playing great lately, and we think we can continue that great play tonight. We’re all pumped,” said Zach Klipsch (12).