Varsity soccer struggles to find the back of the net


Mallory Meeks

Ashley Guardado (9) dribbles toward the goal in the Tigers’ 1-0 win over Mehlville on April 16. Guardado is the team’s leading scorer with five goals.

The OHS varsity soccer team’s problem is not preventing goals. It’s scoring them.

The Tigers are 4-10 this season. The team has played six games where it has failed to score a goal and has scored more than one goal in a game only once (a 2-1 win over Northwest on April 7).

“We started off slow,” defender Allison Frisella (11) said. “We’re playing team soccer–good soccer–but we just can’t finish…which we’re working on.”

A lack of offense has been the team’s biggest issue. OHS has scored the least amount of goals in the Suburban West Conference, averaging only .6 goals a game. Forward Ashley Guardado (9) has scored five of the team’s eight total goals.

“We’re not doing the best, but it’s still fun,” Guardado said. “I’m proud of how it’s gone so far.”

Goalie Emily Jackson (10) has a save percentage of .701, allowing 20 goals through 14 games.

“She’s doing a really good job. She’s been keeping us in the game,” Guardado said.

The team made it to the CYC Tournament consolation championship but lost 1-0 to Ladue. The Tigers play next on Tuesday, May 5 at home against Lindbergh at 6 p.m. The game’s proceeds, in conjunction with the baseball team and Lindbergh, will be going toward Pallister-Killian Syndrome (PKS) and Down’s Syndrome.