A tweak here and a tweak there, and the OPRF soccer team may be in perfect position for a shot at its first West Suburban (Silver) Conference title in two years.

Despite falling out of the winners bracket of the Pepsi Showdown with a 1-0 loss to Libertyville on Saturday, the Huskies (5-1-2) showed they can stand up to some of the best teams in the state, including possibly Lyons Township, the defending conference champs and Class 3A State champs. OPRF will take on the Lions for the first time this season on Oct. 7.

OPRF went 2-1 in the opening round of the Pepsi Tournament, but the 1-0 loss to Libertyville on Saturday at Lyons Township prevented the Huskies from advancing out of their Chicagosoccer.net Division. The goal was scored on a rebound after OPRF goalkeeper Sam Euler made a diving block.

Euler and the Huskies had shut out Streamwood on their home field on Thursday 2-0 and opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Glenbrook South in penalty kicks. Thomas Lamm scored both goals in the win over Streamwood, while freshman call-up Marcus Machado scored OPRF’s goal in the win over Glenbrook South. Roman Zwarycz hit the game-winning penalty kick.

OPRF head coach Paul Wright said he’s pleased with the overall progress of his team in the early season, but his players need to focus on not making so many costly mistakes.

“Every game we have gotten better as a cohesive unit, however, every game we have made minor slips in focus, not following marks, not tucking back goal side, and not hitting the through balls quick enough and watch holes close down,” he said. “These are all easy items to fix.”

The team was set to begin West Suburban (Silver) Conference play last night against York (Tuesday, after deadline). The Huskies travel to Hinsdale Central on Sept. 21.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...