The Waterloo and Columbia soccer teams continue to look strong this season in advance of a rivalry clash next Wednesday night.
Waterloo (9-2) won its sixth straight match on Monday, 5-0 over Jerseyville.
Scoring goals for the Bulldogs were Jake Cooling, Eli Gardner, Hayden Reese, Derek Young and Sam Ward.
In net, Ward made seven saves for his eighth shutout of the season. He has a .910 save percentage.
Waterloo won 3-0 over Civic Memorial last Wednesday and 3-1 over Mascoutah on Thursday. Reese notched two goals in the win over Civic Memorial. Cooling, Young and Tyler Toms all scored Thursday.
Reese leads Waterloo in scoring with seven goals and seven assists. Cooling and Young have five goals and two assists each.
Waterloo played at Highland on Tuesday, hosts Triad on Thursday, hosts Jerseyville on Monday and plays at Columbia on Tuesday.
Columbia (7-1-2) won 2-1 at Wesclin on Friday, with Matt Madlinger scoring both goals.
On Thursday, the Eagles won 14-0 over Lebanon. Jonah James recorded a hat trick and Madlinger had four assists. Karson Bridges, Trenton Martin and Tate Schilling scored two goals apiece.
Last Wednesday, Columbia won 3-0 over Granite City. Schilling, Aaron Rahn and Bridges notched goals for the Eagles, who battled Gibault on Tuesday night.
Columbia hosts Freeburg on Saturday and Salem on Tuesday prior to the Sept. 25 showdown with Waterloo.
James is leading the Eagles in scoring this season with 14 goals and two assists. Bridges has 12 goals and three assists.
Columbia goalkeeper Alec Venhaus is 6-0-2 with three shutouts and an .809 save percentage.
Gibault remains winless after more recent contests against soccer powerhouses.
The Hawks (0-7-1) lost 12-0 to Gateway Legacy Christian Academy on Monday.
On Thursday, Gibault lost 2-1 to Edwardsville in a close match.
Alex Bira scored for the Hawks on an assist from Gavin Kohnz.
Gibault battled Columbia on Tuesday, hosts Freeburg on Thursday and hosts Mater Dei this coming Tuesday.
Valmeyer (0-8) lost 6-4 to St. Clair in the Hancock tournament last Wednesday. Nathan Touchette and Trevor McClellan each recorded two goals and an assist for the Pirates.
Valmeyer plays at Valley Park on Friday and hosts Freeburg this coming Tuesday.
McClellan leads the Pirates in scoring this season with seven goals and an assist.