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Eagles win regional title; Hawks fall

By on May 15, 2019 at 12:53 pm

The Columbia High School girls soccer team defeated Wesclin, 2-0, to win the Class 1A Anna-Jonesboro Regional title Saturday at Freeburg High School. 

Kennedy Jones and Chloe Graff scored goals for the Eagles (22-2-1), who advanced to the Althoff Sectional and battled Marquette on Tuesday night the result was not known at press time.

On March 19, Columbia won 5-0 over Marquette.

With a victory on Tuesday, the Eagles would play for the sectional title at 6 p.m. Friday against either Mater Dei or Althoff.

Last year, Columbia lost to Althoff at home in the sectional final.

Columbia hosts this year’s supersectional, which takes place 6 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of the Litchfield Sectional.

The Class 1A state tournament takes place May 25-26 in Naperville.

The Eagles opened regional play with a 13-0 win over Metropolis in the Anna-Jonesboro Regional last Tuesday.

Haley Glover, Fae Harrell and Jones each recorded hat tricks in the victory. 

Glover (22 goals, 11 assists) leads the Eagles in scoring, followed by Jones (18 goals, 10 assists), Graff (15 goals, nine assists) and Harrell (14 goals, 13 assists).

Rylee Iorio has 17 shutouts in net with an .881 save percentage.

In other local soccer action, Gibault (10-8-3) ended its season with a 3-1 loss to Althoff in the Class 1A Gibault Regional final at Oerter Park in Columbia on Friday. 

Gibault’s Melanie Reuter scored with 28 minutes remaining to tie the game at 1-1, but Althoff answered with two late goals to win it.

Maddie Davis made several strong saves throughout the game to keep the Hawks in it.

Gibault won 3-1 over Murphysboro in the regional semifinal played at Althoff last Tuesday due to wet field conditions at Oerter Park.

Brooke Biffar scored twice for Gibault. She ended the season with five goals and two assists.

Leading Gibault in scoring this season was Hannah Stearns with seven goals and six assists.

Waterloo (14-4-3) opened its postseason against Taylorville in the Class 2A Chatham-Glenwood Regional on Tuesday. The result was not known at press time.

With a win, the Bulldogs would battle either Chatham-Glenwood or Jacksonville in the regional final at 6 p.m. Friday for a berth in the Bethalto Sectional, which begins next Wednesday night.

Payton Richter, a freshman, leads the Bulldogs in scoring this season with 24 goals and 10 assists.

Ali Scace has nine goals and two assists. Paige Kinzinger has six goals and nine assists this season.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.