Soccer squads ready for regionals

Waterloo and Columbia soccer players battle for positioning during a Sept. 25 match. 

The local high school soccer teams have wrapped up or are nearing the end of regular season play with sights set on regional titles.

Waterloo (16-3-3) still has a Mississippi Valley Conference championship to shoot for. The Bulldogs picked up two more conference wins last week and will play at Triad on Thursday to decide the MVC.

Last Tuesday, Derek Young, Tyler Toms, Will Hicks and Dalton Blanchard all scored in Waterloo’s 4-0 win over Mascoutah. 

On Thursday, Eli Gardner scored in a 1-0 victory at home over Highland.

Triad (16-1-3) edged the Bulldogs, 1-0, on Sept. 19. The two rivals battled to a scoreless tie in the CYC tourney on Sept. 30.

Scoring leaders for Waterloo this season are Hayden Reese (nine goals, 12 assists) and Young (10 goals, five assists).

Goalkeeper Sam Ward has a .924 save percentage and 14 shutouts in net.

Waterloo opens Class 2A Marion Regional play Tuesday against Marion.

Columbia (12-4-4) opened its postseason Tuesday in the Class 1A Anna-Jonesboro Regional with a match against Massac County (Metropolis). The results was not known at press time. 

With a win, the Eagles would play for the regional title at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia hosts the sectional, which begins this coming Tuesday.

Scoring leaders for the Eagles this season are Jonah James (23 goals, five assists) and Karson Bridges (16 goals, eight assists).

Also in Class 1A, Valmeyer (1-15) ended its season in the Freeburg Regional with a 3-1 loss at the hands of Christ Our Rock Lutheran on Friday. 

Trevor McClellan lead the Pirates in scoring this season with 16 goals and four assists.

Playing in Class 3A for the first time due to the IHSA’s success factor, Gibault will have quite a challenge in its attempt to advance to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.

The Hawks (2-15-1) are in the Edwardsville Regional with Edwardsville, Granite City, Alton and Quincy. 

Gibault will host Granite  City to open regional play 11 a.m. Saturday. With a win, the Hawks would face Edwardsville next Wednesday.

Gibault lost 2-0 to Althoff last Wednesday and dropped a 2-0 contest to Alton on Monday. 

Gibault closes out its regular season Thursday at home against Belleville West.

The leading scorers for the Hawks are Gavin Kohnz (three goals, four assists) and Alex Bira (three goals, two assists).

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