Cross-town rivals play to a draw

Gibault’s Reece Ward and Waterloo’s Karley Kinzinger

Cross-town rivals Waterloo and Gibault faced each other on the soccer pitch at Waterloo High School early Monday evening, battling to a 1-1 tie in a well-played match between young varsity squads.

Gibault (7-6-3) scored with the wind in the first half to take the early lead. Hannah Stearns notched the goal on an assist from Reece Ward.

Waterloo (8-3-3) had the wind at its back in the second half and took advantage just a few minutes in with a goal by Megan O’Donnell, assisted by Payton Richter.

 That’s the way the game ended, as neither team could muster much in the way on offense late.

Gibault’s Maddie Davis made seven saves to preserve the tie.

Gibault won 1-0 over Mascoutah on Thursday. Halle Haudrich scored the game’s only goal on an assist from Adelynn Murphy. Davis earned the shutout in net for the Hawks. 

On Friday, Gibault blasted Metro-East Lutheran by a 7-0 count. Stearns and Reagan Herrmann notched two goals each for the Hawks.

Stearns leads Gibault in scoring this season with seven goals and five assists, followed by Ward with a goal and four assists.

Waterloo played at Mater Dei on Tuesday and hosts Jerseyville this coming Tuesday.

Richter, a freshman, leads the Bulldogs with 14 goals and six assists, followed by O’Donnell with four goals and five assists and Natalie Gum with four goals and four assists.

In other soccer action, Columbia (14-1-1) posted a 3-1 victory at home over Granite City on Thursday. Chloe Graff, Fae Harrell and Reagan Mauch scored goals for the Eagles.

On Saturday, Columbia battled to a 1-1 tie at O’Fallon. Harrell scored again for the Eagles.

On Monday, the Eagles won a 3-1 match against Okawville. Mary Gasaway scored twice and Haley Glover added a goal.

Columbia plays at Nerinx Hall on Thursday.

Glover leads the Eagles in scoring this season with 14 goals and six assists, followed by Graff with 11 goals and five assists and Kennedy Jones with seven goals and seven assists.

Columbia goalkeeper Rylee Iorio has recorded nine shutouts and has a .902 save percentage so far this spring.

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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.
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