December 6, 2021 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Cromwell, Page tally goals as SJO soccer wins season opener

Close soccer matches can swing on one or two plays.


Or one or two goals. For the St. Joseph-Ogden High School soccer team, the Spartans managed just enough offense and a strong defensive effort to post a 2-1 road win against Oakwood/Salt Fork on Monday afternoon. It was the season opener for the Spartans.


Aiden Cromwell gave SJO a 1-0 lead in the first half with the Spartans’ first goal of the season. Brennan Haake recorded the assist. SJO increased its lead to 2-0 following a goal on a penalty kick by Will Page, and that was more than enough for SJO goalie Hunter Ketchum. Despite allowing the Comets to pull within 2-1 in the second half, Ketchum finished with 15 saves in SJO’s first win of the season.


The Spartans (1-0) will go for their second win in as many days when they host Argenta-Oreana at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. SJO will then host Uni High at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday before ending the week with a 10 a.m. home match this Saturday against Danville.

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