Tuesday, June 19, 2012
You're invited to the fourth annual OPRF Alumni soccer game.
If you're an Oak Park-River Forest High School alumni who played on the school's soccer team — and you think you've still got it — you're invited to play in the fourth annual OPRF Alumni soccer game. The match takes place 6 p.m. June 30 at the soccer fields outside the school, 201 N. Scoville Ave. in Oak Park. The registration form (above) can be printed and mailed into organizer Paul Wright. The OPRF Soccer page has more info, as well as photos from previous matches.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Huskies lose 4-0 to Morton in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional final.
The Oak Park-River Forest High School boys soccer team picked a bad time to have a bad match. The top seed gave up three goals in the first half on the way to losing to second-seeded Morton by an eye-opening score of 4-0 in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional championship Saturday afternoon. “It was our worst-played game of the season,” OPRF coach Paul Wright said. “We buried ourselves. On the first goal we didn’t clear the ball. The second goal was just a poor decision to pass the ball back and gave them basically a free goal. And then the third goal we just weren’t thinking. “It’s just really hard to come back from a three-goal deficit. We had some chances in the second half, but they were bunkered pretty well. “It’s upsetting to …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Huskies settle for third place in WSC Silver after losing to Lyons Township 1-0.
The Oak Park-River Forest High School boys soccer team hadn’t lost at home in two years. Until Tuesday. Kevin Shaw’s header in the 47th minute lifted Lyons Township to a 1-0 victory over the Huskies in a match for a share of the West Suburban Silver Conference Silver Division title in Oak Park. Photos from Tuesday's game OPRF (16-3-1, 4-2), which was seeking its first Silver title since 2007, settled for third place. “Hey, we had chances,” Huskies coach Paul Wright said. “They had chances. They put one in. Maybe we’ll see these guys later on. I’d love to see them again (in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional final). I feel pretty comfortable. It’s not like I felt like we were outplayed or outmanned.” LT (11-4-3, 5-1) shares the Silver …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Huskies beat Downers Grove North 5-0 to keep conference title hopes alive.
Oak Park-River Forest High School coach Paul Wright was so unhappy with Stephen Golz’s performance early in Thursday’s match that he took out his leading scorer. After a few minutes, Wright re-inserted Golz. He wound up scoring four goals to power the Huskies to a 5-0 victory against Downers Grove North in an important West Suburban Conference Silver Division contest in Oak Park. It’s the first time Golz scored four goals. “I’ve had three before, but this is definitely a once-in-lifetime kind of game,” he said. Golz’s first goal was a blast from 30 yards that put OPRF (15-2-1, 4-1) up 1-0 in the 16th minute. That’s when Wright took his Wheaton College-bound forward out of the game for a few minutes. Earlier: Huskies Keep Soccer Conference …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Locasto's goal lifts OPRF over Hinsdale Central 2-1 in double overtime.
GianLuca Locasto picked a good time to score his first goal of the season. Locasto’s goal in the 94th minute lifted host Oak Park-River Forest High School over Hinsdale Central 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday evening in a physical West Suburban Conference Silver Division battle. Ryan Huettel put the game-winning play in motion. He sent a cross in front of the net from the left side. David Leitson didn’t connect on a header, but a split-second later Locasto put away the ball from the right side to send the Huskies (11-2-1, 2-1) into celebration. No one felt better than Locasto, who missed seven games this season with a deep muscle bruise on his right leg that turned into a blood clot. It was the junior’s fifth game back since being sidelined…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Huskies protect No. 1 ranking with 2-1 win versus Wheaton Academy
The Oak Park-River Forest High School boys soccer team learned what it’s like to be the top dog. Playing for the first time since being ranked No. 1 by the Chicago Tribune, the Huskies kept their record perfect by fending off Wheaton Academy 2-1 on a late goal by Stephen Golz in the opening round of the Pepsi Showdown Tuesday evening in Oak Park. “We escaped,” OPRF coach Paul Wright said. Wheaton Academy (3-2-1) outplayed OPRF (6-0) in the first half, which ended tied at 1-1. The Huskies cranked up their effort and execution in the second half, but they went unrewarded until Golz gained possession of a long ball and calmly kicked in a shot from about 15 yards in front of the net with four minutes remaining. Related: OPRF Still Undefeated …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sheppard posts third shutout in 3-0 triumph over St. Ignatius.
Oak Park-River Forest High School senior goalkeeper Granger Sheppard knows his friends are right in front of him: Max Menzies, Danny Pasternak, Zack Weigel, Max Neumann and Nate Mitka. Thanks to a little help from his friends, Sheppard and his team are off to a great start. Sheppard posted his third shutout as the Huskies improved to 4-0 by beating St. Ignatius 3-0 in a nonconference meeting Monday in Chicago. “They always pick me up if something happens,” Sheppard said about his teammates, who form the backline of defense. “If they make a mistake, I’ll pick them up. We work really well together. It started back in summer league and it’s worked all the way until now. “I grew up with them in junior soccer, so I knew them from sixth grade on…