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O’Fallon bounces Gibault 4-0

O’Fallon’s Andrea Wieman, 10, and Kayla Wood, 6, zero in on a Belleville East player during the 0-0 stalemate between the two squads.
O’Fallon’s Andrea Wieman, 10, and Kayla Wood, 6, zero in on a Belleville East player during the 0-0 stalemate between the two squads. Roger Popwell

The O’Fallon girls soccer team’s offense was clicking and the defense was solid—a good combination—one that resulted in a 4-0 shutout over Waterloo Gibault Tuesday evening.

The win by coach Craig Dippel’s squad helped ease the frustration of their previous outing, a 0-0 standoff against Belleville East.

Scoring was not an issue against Gibault, however. Sami Stutsman and Tori Weiss each had a pair of goals as the Lady Panthers scored two goals in each half to collect the victory. Sydney Brake again turned in a stellar performance in goal for O’Fallon. Brake turned back several early scoring chances by the Hawks and the defensive effort supporting her was also excellent, according to Dippel.

“I thought we played more aggressively on defense and more intelligently on offense against Gibault than we did against Belleville East,” Dippel said. “Against East, we misplayed several chances and it ended up costing us a victory. None of those mental mistakes occurred against Gibault. Our passing was sharp and after scoring the first goal our execution was consistent.”

The OTHS girls will host Chatham-Glenwood this Saturday before plunging into tournament play next week.

The Panthers hope to be at the top of their game as they will be competing in one of the premier tournaments in the area—the St. Dominic Shootout. Tourney action begins next Monday when the O’Fallon squad will face Marquette High School. Pool play will continue Tuesday when the Panthers will be matched against Francis Howell Central.

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