OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa boys soccer team hosted Chariton Monday night at Drost Field. The hosts dominated ball control and put relentless pressure on the visiting goalie, leading to a 3-0 win.
Early on the Indians brought the pressure, in the first 20 minutes of the game they forced the Chariton goalie to make five saves. Only a minute later the Indians took advantage of a mishap from the busy goalie.
After a shot that was was grabbed by the Chariton goalie, Ethan Olivas followed it up, catching the goalie off guard as he put the ball on the ground leaving Olivas with a good look he wouldn’t miss.
The 1-0 lead would be threatened shortly after, but Osky goalie Landon Briggs was there to make a diving stop to his left.
The Indians would keep pressure on the visitors the entire half but the score would remain 1-0 going into half-time.
Osky dominated the half but only had a one goal lead to show for.
After the fields flipped the Osky offense would remain hungry. Multiple saves from the Chairton goalie kept them in it until Elliot Nelson finally got one past the goalie with 20 minutes left in the game.
The goal extended the lead to 2-0 and allowed the Indians to play with a more comfortable lead, giving them an opportunity to put the game away.
Shots from Dalton Plate and Olivas of Osky were denied at the net but Chariton couldn’t get anything by Briggs as he made another save to keep the score where it was.
With two minutes left the Indians would get a dagger from Carson Genskow, the junior dribbled down the middle of the field untouched and drilled the final goal past the diving goalie and into the back of the net.
Salvador Gonzalez also had a good game for Osky, the senior was busy all night as he had an assist and put up six shots, four of which were saved by the Chariton goalie.
Briggs recorded five saves and gets credited with the shutout, the visiting goalie had a busier night recording 25 total saves.
The 3-0 win will improve Oskaloosa’s record to 7-5 on the season, they hope to keep the momentum going on Tuesday as they travel to Indianola.