The OPRF soccer team was in much need of some rest after two intense games last week leading up to the regional playoffs. Somewhat recovered from an injury-plagued year, the Huskies closed out the regular season with a 1-1 tie to Morton on Oct. 12th.
OPRF (13-4-4) scored first off a throw in from Aaron Press to Mark Rosenberg, who swiftly booted in the goal. Morton scored on a penalty kick later in the game. Coming off a hard-fought 5-4 West Suburban (Silver) Conference victory over York the day prior, the Huskies showed some fatigue in the second half against Morton.
Robin Hargadon, who scored two goals in the win over York fresh from a three-week hiatus due to a muscle pull, was questionable for the regionals. Hargadon was nursing a severe ankle sprain.
Rosenberg also scored in the win over York, as did Drew Golz and Pat Maldre.
No matter the outcome of the playoffs, first-year head coach Paul Wright is optimistic about his program's future.
"Great things are to come from this program in the next few years, [and] we are moving in the right direction," said Wright, OPRF's fourth head coach in as many years.
Depending upon whether they got past Orr on Tuesday night (after deadline), the Huskies will more than likely to take on St. Joseph in the Oak Park Regional championship game on Friday (3:30 p.m.).