Scoring game-winning goals has become a habit for O’Fallon Township High School senior Austin Wilkerson. The Panthers’ leading offensive threat, Wilkerson has spear-headed the O’Fallon varsity soccer team throughout the squad’s fall season.
The Panther standout, the son of Maureen and Steve Wilkerson, began the current campaign with crucial goals against opponents and has maintained his top gun status, most recently blasting in three goals in O’Fallon’s last two contests against Gibault and St. Louis University High. Wilkerson accounted for the game-winner at Waterloo Gibault and rifled in a pair of shots versus the Jr. Billikens to help the Panthers secure a 4-2 victory last Friday.
“Austin is a very dangerous player offensively but also works hard on the defensive end of the field,” said O’Fallon High coach Jason Turkington. “Going into the game against St. Louis University High, their team had allowed only seven goals all season, but Wilkerson was able to solve their defense for two critical goals which proved the difference in the game. He’s a gamer, and we have relied on him heavily to create scoring opportunities in the offensive end of the field.”
The two goals scored against the Jr. Billikens raises the O’Fallon senior’s season total to 10 — half of them securing victories for the Panthers. His scoring prowess has forced opposing teams to concentrate on his position on the field, allowing the Panther booter to collect five assists during the season.
“I play soccer to be the best player I can be,” Wilkerson said. “I began playing at a young age when a friend asked to play on his club team. My coaches early in my development as a player and my current coaches pushing me beyond what I thought I was capable of have made a huge impact in my overall success in soccer.”
“Participating in athletics has really helped me with my time management,” the OTHS senior added. “And has encouraged me to be more social in everyday situations.”