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Oxford goalie Connor Bandel prepares to make a save. Photos by Dan Shriner. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2012 - The Oxford Wildcats soccer team had a great week, picking up three shutout victories to improve to 6-1-1 in the Oakland Activities Blue Division.

On Monday, The Cats beat North Farmington, 1-0, in a battle of two second-place teams in the OAA Blue.

Oxford's only goal came from Paul Tomaka when he lofted a ball from the right wing, near the sideline, that just seemed to float and land into the far corner, barely under the crossbar. The score came with 13:40 left to play in the first half.

It was a physical game but Oxford's defenders stopped several runs by North Farmington.

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Oxford's defender Matthew Reed saved a goal when he cleared a ball from the front of the Wildcat's net after goalie Connor Bandel couldn't make a save on the kick early in the second half.

Coach John Thaler credited his defense with playing a flawless game. He cited Josh Nelson and Zach Hinman with helping to lead the defense.

The Wildcats picked up two other victories last week, 6-0, over Ferndale and 8-0 over Hazel Park.

Chase Garavaglia, Tommy Downs, Jacob Wysocki, Joseph Hurford and Noah Skzycki had the goals for Oxford. Greg Knox had three assists versus Ferndale.

Senior captain Tomaka had a hat trick against Hazel Park. Garavaglia had two goals while Travis Simat, Jake Champion and Knox each had one goal.

Former Leader Editor Dan Shriner will cover Wildcat football this season.
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