Soccer season reaches second half

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Haley Glover

Local high school girls soccer teams have reached the midway point of the regular season as the focus shifts to building momentum for the playoffs.

Columbia (12-1) picked up two more wins last week, defeating Breese Central, 8-0, last Tuesday and Wesclin, 4-0, on Thursday.

Sophia Bonaldi and Fae Harrell each recorded two goals and an assist in the win over Central. 

Reagan Mauch, Kennedy Jones, Chloe Graff and Haley Glover each scored against Wesclin. 

The Eagles, who have outscored opponents to the tune of 48-4 this season, host Granite City on Thursday, play at O’Fallon on Saturday and host Oakville on Monday.

Glover leads the Eagles in scoring with 13 goals and four assists, followed by Graff with 10 goals and five assists.

Waterloo (8-3-2) dropped a heartbreaker against Mississippi Valley Conference rival Triad last Tuesday, 2-1 in overtime. Ali Scace scored for the Bulldogs.

On Friday, Waterloo won 5-0 against Mascoutah. Payton Richter, Paige Kinzinger and Maddie Davis each finished with a goal and an assist.

On Monday, Waterloo posted a 6-1 victory over Civic Memorial. Scace scored twice and Richter added a goal and assist.

Richter, a freshman, leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 goals and five assists.

Waterloo plays at Mater Dei next Tuesday.

 It was a busy week for Gibault (5-6-2), who played five games.

The Hawks downed St. Pius X last Tuesday, 2-0. Hannah Stearns, who leads Gibault in scoring this season, scored both goals and Maddie Davis made two saves in goal for the shutout.

On Thursday, Gibault tied Mater Dei, 1-1. Reece Ward scored for the Hawks.

Gibault lost to Incarnate Word, 2-0, St. Dominic, 3-1, and St. Joseph’s, 3-0, in the St. Joseph’s tournament in St. Louis over the weekend. 

The Hawks play at Mascoutah on Thursday and at Metro-East Lutheran on Friday.

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