Only a couple of matches remain in the regular season for the Waterloo, Gibault and Columbia girls soccer teams, and all have dreams of making deep postseason runs.
The girls programs are hoping to start a streak similar to the one seen in local boys soccer: the three Monroe County teams have collectively won state titles over the past three seasons (Waterloo in 2015, Columbia in 2014, Gibault in 2013).
Similar talent is present on the girls side, so let the games begin.
Waterloo defeated Jerseyville on Monday, 7-0, to improve to 13-3-2 on the season and 7-0-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Erika Lloyd scored three goals for the Bulldogs. Other goals were scored by Kathryn Finnerty, Jess Keller, Sydney Luedeman and Sidney Metzger.
Waterloo hosted Mater Dei Tuesday on senior night and will play at Mascoutah on Friday and host MVC powerhouse Triad on May 10 to close out the regular season.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Class 2A Marion Regional, facing Herrin on Tuesday, May 17. If they should win, the ‘Dogs will play the winner of Marion vs. Mt. Vernon for the regional title on Friday, May 20.
Unlike last season, Waterloo won’t have to face Triad in the playoffs until the sectional round.
Columbia improved to 11-5-2 with two recent wins. The Eagles toppled Anna-Jonesboro last Wednesday on senior night, 8-0. Blair Wittenbrink scored four goals and Madelyne Juenger added two goals and two assists in the victory.
On Monday night, the Eagles defeated Mehlville, 1-0. Sophia Bonaldi scored the game’s only goal.
Columbia hosts O’Fallon on Thursday before entering Class 1A regional play at home on Tuesday, May 10. The Eagles hold the top seed in their sectional grouping and will host Wesclin at 5 p.m.
If they should win, the Eagles will face the winner of Freeburg vs. Harrisburg on Friday, May 13, for the regional title.
Gibault is 6-9 on the season following a Monday night win at Oerter Park over Freeburg, 2-1. Abby Hasenstab and Maddie O’Neill notched the goals for the Hawks, who lost to Marquette last Tuesday, 5-0.
Gibault will prep for regional play with games this week against Belleville East on Wednesday and Breese Central on Thursday.
The Hawks are in the Class 1A Anna-Jonesboro Regional and will play Wednesday, May 11, against the host school.
If the Hawks should win, they would face the winner of Althoff vs. Metropolis for the regional title.