Girls soccer tops Eureka on Lurkin’s overtime goal


Davin Smith

OHS Girls soccer celebrates with Paige Lurkins (11) after scoring the game winning goal against Eureka in overtime on May 4. The 1-0 win over Eureka advances their winning streak to 11 games.

The girls soccer team extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 1-0 overtime win against Eureka on Tuesday, May 4, at OHS. The victory improved the team’s record to 13-2. 

This was a stressful game for the girls. Eureka came into the match with a 10-1 record and the No. 8 ranking in the St. Louis area.

“We’re always a little nervous playing Eureka,” said co-captain Katie Leeker (12). “They have a really good history.”

In the first half, Eureka had all the momentum. After halftime the Tigers came out and kept it close. “We have been talking about starting the game with the same intensity as we come out with in the second half,” said Cierra Bradley (11).

Neither team could find the back of the net until Paige Lurkins (11) blasted a shot from 18 yards away to the top corner of the Eureka net with just five minutes remaining in overtime.

“We got the ball into our offensive half for the first time in OT,” said Lurkins. “Avery (Bangert) had the ball, I called for it, I saw an opening, and I took it.” 

Coach Sarah Guenther attributed the team’s recent success to the “heart” of the team. “It’s not about one player having all the talent,” she said. 

The girls’ next game is Thursday, May 6, at Rockwood Summit at 6 p.m.