Posted: Aug 26, 2019
Oxford opened the Country Day tourney with a strong effort against Warren Mott with a 7 - 0 win. The Wildcats took the lead just 10 minutes into the game on a great feed from Zach Townsend to Nick Morawski to put Oxford up 1-0. Zach Townsend scored the next two goals with one unassisted and the next assisted from senior captain Chris Escalante. The half ended 3-0.
The Wildcats scored in the first two minutes of the second half once again by Townsend on a great pass from junior Pedro Bottene to put the Wildcats up 4-0. Townsend then scored another on an unassisted shot by racing past the Warren Mott defense. Junior Marco Artero scored the sixth goal in a great assist from senior Morawski. With Townsend on a roll he scored his fifth and final goal to put the Wildcats up 7-0.
Junior keeper Tristan Bennett only had to make a few saves on the day with one coming from point blank range to secure the shutout.
"It was a great show of control and possession by the Wildcats" said Head Coach John Thaler "They were calm and comfortable on the ball with very few mistakes."
Oxford moved into the winners bracket to face Lutheran North, the DCD champs from last year, Saturday morning. The first half was a defensive battle from both teams with very few opportunities on frame. Half ended 0-0. The second half was quite different as both teams made some adjustments hoping to get the elusive goal. Lutheran North got on the end of a pass into the box to head home the line goal of the game. The Wildcats found few opportunities to tie the match while Lutheran North hung on to win 1-0.
Not deterred and ready to rebound the Wildcats took on host Detroit Country Day, the defending 2018 Division II state champions. Oxford started a little sluggish in the first half but found their feet and began to control much of the possession. With a few shots on frame the Wildcats were relentless. The half ended 0-0. Oxford again made some adjustments and it paid off as junior Pedro Bottene struck a low driving shot that the keeper couldn't handle to put the Wildcats into the lead 1-0. With Oxford in total control Bottene would be the supplier of a great assist to junior Zach Townsend who headed the ball home to move the score up to two goals. Bottene wasn't finished as he assisted in another goal, this time to senior Nick Morawski. With a three goal cushion Oxford made a few adjustments which saw Detroit Country Day pull a goal back to inch their way into the game. Junior Marco Artero wanted to send a message and hit a rocket of a shot that froze the keeper who didn't even move. The assist came from Townsend as his slight touch let Artero run onto the ball and let it fly. The game ended 4-1 and good enough to go home with two victories and a defeat and place third.
Junior defenders Christian Mendoza, Matt Wolfe, Jack Butzu, Nathan Vaquera and senior captain Sam Huller played well all weekend. Junior keeper Tristan Bennett made some fantastic saves during the tourney. Junior Zach Townsend tallied a total of six goals to lead all players.
"A fantastic showing by our Wildcats! Making Oxford proud every time they take the field!" #EARNIt #ALLIN
(Photo Cred. - TZR Sports)