There’s an old saying in sports that claims it’s tough to beat a good team three times in a season. That was never more true Monday as the Festus girls soccer team avenged two earlier losses to the Windsor Owls by beating them 1-0 in a district tournament semifinal game. The Tigers now face Hillsboro on Wednesday with the district title on the line.
The Tigers defense kept the Owls off the board. That was a major accomplishment since Windsor had scored eight goals against the Tigers in the two previous games. Goalie Mackenzie Warfel (9) made 15 saves on the night.
After a scoreless first half, the Tigers broke through with about 20 minutes remaining in the contest. Jordan Oetting (12) threw the ball in to Claire Werner (10) who passed it back to Oetting close to the sideline. Oetting took a shot that went over the goalie’s head, hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced in. Festus held on for the remainder of the game, and now have an opportunity to win its second straight district title.
It won’t be easy though. Hillsboro is 11-6-3 on the season. Festus is 10-9. The two teams haven’t seen each other for a very long time. The teams met in the very first game of the season back on March 17. That game saw the Hawks score six first half goals en route to a 7-2 victory. A lot has changed over that time. The title will be decided Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Windsor High School.