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Booters end season strong, ready for district play

by Andrew Moser

October 19, 2011

Oxford's varsity boys soccer team ended the season on a strong note after winning two of their final three games last week.

The Wildcats ended Oakland Activities Association Blue division play with a convincing 7-0 win over Hazel Park on Oct. 11.

Oxford ended the first half up 4-0 on the Vikings thanks to goals by junior Jacob Wysocki, senior Sean Hazen, sophomore Chase Garavaglia and senior Doug Klimbal.

Senior Alex Juntti, senior Michael Kitchner and sophomore Alex Hesse scored goals for the Wildcats in the second half.

On Monday, Oct. 10, the Wildcats fell 3-1 to Farmington Hills Harrison. The Wildcats lone goal of the game came in the first half when Kitchner connected on a penalty kick.

Oxford ended OAA blue play with a 7-3-2 record.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Wildcats ended their season with an away game at Flint Carman-Ainsworth, which they won 4-0.

Garavaglia opened up the scoring five minutes into the first half following a feed from Wysocki. Wysocki added his second assist of the game when he found Kitchner rushing in, who calmly collected the ball and put it in the back of the net.

The Wildcats would go up by three towards the end of the first half when senior captain Ben Magdaleno scored on a penalty kick following junior Noah Stevens being taken down inside the 18-yard box.

In the second half, the Wildcats used some quick passing to apply constant pressure on Carman-Ainsworth. Additionally, Wildcat defenders would only allow one shot in the second half. Senior Tyler Mayes would score Oxford's final goal.

The Wildcats ended the regular season with an 11-4-3 record. They face Davison, at Davison, in the opening round of district play.

According to varsity head coach John Thaler, Davison wound up winning the Big Nine conference title.

"They are a decent side, (but) we have a few scouting reports that should help us," Thaler said. "If we stick to the game plan we will do fine."