Bulldogs win CYC tourney

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The Waterloo High School soccer team capped off a super CYC Tournament showing by downing previously unbeaten Clayton in penalty kicks Friday night to win the Walsh Division.

The Bulldogs (14-3-3) were tied 1-1 with Clayton after regulation, with Derek Young scoring the goal. Young, Hayden Reese, Brennan LaCroix and Eli Gardner were all successful on their penalty kicks and Waterloo goalie Sam Ward made two PK saves for the victory. 

Clayton dropped to 11-1-1 on the season, with the tie and the loss coming at the hands of the Bulldogs. 

In CYC play, Waterloo followed up its 0-0 tie with rival Triad last Monday with a 1-0 victory over cross-town rival Gibault last Tuesday. Brennan Lacroix scored a late goal for the Bulldogs.

Last Wednesday, Waterloo tied Clayton, 0-0. On Thursday, the Bulldogs received goals from Young and Zach Lenz in a 2-1 win over Timberland.

“We got to see some great competition and compete with some of the best teams in the area,” Waterloo head coach Chad Holden said. “Our team is really playing well right now.  We are not scoring a lot but we are playing solid defense.”

Reese leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists, followed by Young with nine goals and four assists.

Ward has 12 shutouts in net with a .919 save percentage this season.

In other CYC tourney play, Columbia (12-4-4) followed an opening game loss to Marquette on Monday with a 4-1 loss to Timberland last Tuesday. 

The Eagles concluded tourney play with a 3-1 loss to Northwest Cedar Hill last Wednesday. 

On Monday, Columbia battled Highland at GCS Ballpark in Sauget and emerged victorious by the score of 3-2. Jonah James scored two goals and Tate Schilling also scored.

Columbia will open Class 1A Anna-Jonesboro Regional play against the winner of Harrisburg vs. Metropolis this coming Tuesday.

James leads the Eagles in scoring this season with 23 goals and five assists, followed by Karson Bridges with 16 goals and eight assists.

Gibault (2-13-1) lost to Clayton, Waterloo and Triad in CYC tourney play. On Monday, the Hawks lost 5-2 at Collinsville.

“It’s been a challenging season so far, but one that has provided us with an opportunity to get to know ourselves better,” Gibault head coach Darryn Haudrich said. “It’s a difficult process to form a new identity and find consistency throughout the season with a lot of players in and out of the lineup. However, I believe we learn more about our strengths and weaknesses each game while also showing how resilient we are. The players do not seem to carry over previous game results and come to play each day with a brand new mindset.”

Gibault, which plays at Althoff on Wednesday, is preparing for its first postseason in Class 3A.

The Hawks will host Granite City to open the Class 3A Edwardsville Regional at a date to be determined.

Valmeyer (1-14) picked up its first win of the season last Tuesday, winning 7-1 over Lebanon. 

Trevor McClellan recorded a hat trick and two assists and Nathan Touchette added two goals and an assist for the Pirates.

Valmeyer lost 9-3 to Gateway Science Academy last Wednesday. Scoring goals for the Pirates were Nick Lueck, Trevor McClellan and Touchette.

The Pirates lost 2-0 to Metro-East Lutheran on Monday.

The Pirates open Class 1A Freeburg Regional play Friday at Christ Our Rock Lutheran.

McClellan leads the team in scoring this season with 16 goals and four assists. 

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