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Oxford picks up OAA White win, downs rival Lake Orion WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND TOUT VIDEOS

  • Lake Orion's Nicole Krier (13) gets a head on the ball while being defended by Oxford's Melissa Gierak (20) during their match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. Oxford won the match 1 nil. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Madison Ham (5) of Lake Orion gets tied up with Emily Kargetta (7) of Oxford during their match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The WIldcats defeated the Dragons 1-0. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Katrese Moll (L) of Oxford and Katelyn Llewellyn (19) of Oxford battle for the ball during the second half of the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. Oxford defeated Lake Orion 1-0. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • The Oxford Wildcats and Lake Orion Dragons battled on the pitch in the match played on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Oxford High School. The Wildcats prevailed 1-0 over the Dragons (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
OXFORD – Coming into Thursday night, it had been long enough since Oxford’s girls soccer team last beat its rivals from Lake Orion that no one could quite remember the last time. After Thursday night, they don’t need such long memories as the Wildcats knocked off the Dragons 1-0 in OAA White action.

“It’s really just these kids have come out and competed, and every time we compete good things can happen,” Wildcats head coach Robert Euashka said.

Oxford did it with a combination of grit and guile, coming out in a strange formation that featured only sisters Samantha and Christina Medici as true defenders.

“They’re very athletic. It’s a very impressive team that they do a really nice job, so we had to play crazy. And when we did, we had success,” Euashka said. It worked particularly well early on as the Wildcats got several good chances at the start of the game. “The opportunities were very early. We had about five really good chances in the first 15 or 16 minutes. We finally put one away. I think that woke them up a little bit,” Euaska said.

Lake Orion would eventually sort it out well enough to start gaining the better of possession, but the Dragons never quite got going offensively, though they did generate a few decent chances off of set pieces.

But overall, the Wildcat defense of the Medici sisters with some help from Emma Gordon, particularly in the final minutes after Oxford had to play short due to a red card, were able to shut down the Dragons all night.

“We got forward, but didn’t necessarily generate good scoring chances, but that’s been the story (for us),” Lake Orion head coach Randy McCoy said. “We had too many misplays where we had possession. We’d connect two or three, but then we’d miss the fourth pass. So we just weren’t connect as well as we needed to all throughout the night. Credit to Oxford, They did what they needed to do to win. They took advantage of one mistake by us, got what they needed to, and didn’t give us anything.”

But it was a set piece from Oxford that proved to be the difference. Samantha Medici’s free kick from 35 yards out was saved by the Lake Orion goalkeeper Lauryn Auspitz, but the rebound came right to Mackenzie Eschberger and Eschberger buried it in the back of the net for the only goal of the game.

With the win, Oxford improves to 5-7-4 overall and 4-5-3 in OAA White. Lake Orion is now 6-3-5 overall and 5-3-3 in OAA White. The Dragons conclude their league season on Saturday when they travel to Bloomfield Hills for a make up game.

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