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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jonathan Branch

Mavericks rally to end Oxford’s season

MADISON – For the second straight year, Oxford’s postseason stay was a short one. Germantown rallied from an early deficit to score a trio of unanswered goals to defeat the Chargers 3-1 in the opening match of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs for both teams Tuesday night, making it back-to-back first-round exits for Oxford. (January 28, 2015, Page 2B)

Oxford aiming for deeper 5A postseason run

The Oxford boys’ soccer team has been itching to get back to this point. Now the goal for the Chargers is to hang around a little while. Oxford is back in the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs after sharing the Division 2-5A regular-season championship with Saltillo. The Chargers lost the coin clip to determine which team would be the division’s top seed, meaning Oxford will open the postseason on the road against Germantown on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (January 26, 2015, Page 6)

Chargers rout West Point for share of 2-5A title

Not even Oxford’s most productive night of offense could separate the top two teams in Division 2-5A boys soccer standings. The Chargers wrapped up division play with little resistance Friday, finding the back of the net early and often in a 14-0 rout of West Point on Senior Night at Bobby Holcomb Field to secure a share of the division title with Saltillo. (January 18, 2015, Page 1B, 4B)

Oxford boys win pair on final day

The Oxford boys soccer team’s patience was tested Saturday. The Chargers were less than 24 hours removed from a 2-2 draw against Olive Branch in their opening match of the Oxford Showcase and found themselves in a scoreless deadlock deep into the second half despite numerous scoring chances against New Hope at FNC Park. But Oxford finally broke through on Tristan Orman’s penalty kick for the match’s only goal, giving the Chargers their first win of the tournament. The Lady Chargers went 1-1-1 over the weekend. (December 21, 2014, Page 4B)

Area soccer teams set for annual Oxford Showcase

Rain or shine, high school teams statewide are going to get in plenty of soccer this weekend in Oxford and the surrounding area. Oxford High School is set to welcome more than 20 schools and 40 teams to town today for the second annual Oxford Showcase. The varsity squads for Oxford and Lafayette as well as some junior varsity teams will compete in the event, which will conclude on Saturday. (December 19, 2014, Page 6, 7)

Lafayette uses PKs, defense to sweep Oxford

Oxford and Lafayette met at Bobby Holcomb on Field Tuesday night, but it was not for a football rematch. This installment of the cross-town rivalry happened on the pitch between the high school boys and girls soccer teams.  In the boys game, it looked as if Oxford would coast to an easy win over Lafayette, leading 3-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining. But Lafayette didn’t fade into the cold night quietly and fired off three quick goals of its own to knot the game at 3, sending it to an overtime shootout. After two rounds of penalty kicks, the Commodores emerged with a 4-3 victory. (December 10, 2014, Page 1B)

OHS soccer sweeps Pontotoc in home opener

Oxford’s boys soccer team isn’t having much trouble finding the back of the net these days. The Chargers scored less than eight minutes in, added five more along the way and cruised to a 6-0 win over Pontotoc on Monday afternoon in their home opener at Bobby Holcomb Field. The Chargers (4-2) have won their last three matches by a combined 18-0. The Lady Chargers defeated Pontotoc 3-0 earlier in the day. (November 25, 2014, Page 6)

Chargers save victory over Commodores

All Oxford coach Jonathan Branch was hoping for was one more save by Jacob Parker. Parker delivered. (January 20, 2014, Page 6)

Chargers play with more urgency, but unable to overcome Bulldogs

Oxford’s boys soccer team needed to play with a little more urgency than it had in its previous matches this season. The Chargers did that against New Albany Tuesday night, but it wasn’t quite good enough for a win. (December 4, 2013, Page 8)

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