Soccer teams kicking ahead

Columbia’s Fae Harrell controls the ball as Waterloo’s Payton Richter defends during a March 25 match. (John Spytek photo)

The Columbia High School girls soccer team finally fell from the ranks of the unbeaten over the weekend, but the Eagles are still flying high at 10-1 overall.

Meanwhile, Waterloo and Gibault are also rounding into for, as the soccer season progresses.

The Eagles emerged victorious following a hard-fought battle with Collinsville last Wednesday, 1-0. Kennedy Jones scored and Rylee Iorio made five saves for the shutout in net.

In the Parkway College Showcase in St. Louis on Friday, Columbia posted a 2-1 win over Neuqua Valley. Jones scored again, as did Lauren Roderick. Iorio was selected as the player of the game after making eight saves to preserve the victory for the Eagles.

On Saturday, Columbia concluded play in the showcase with a 1-0 loss at the hands of a strong Union squad. 

But the Eagles bounced back from their loss with a 10-0 blasting of Mater Dei on Monday. 

Haley Glover recorded a hat trick in the win and Roderick added two goals and an assist. Fae Harrell finished with three assists.

The Eagles host Wesclin on Thursday.

Glover leads Columbia in scoring with 11 goals and three assists, followed by Chloe Graff with eight goals and three assists and Jones with six goals and four assists.

Iorio has recorded seven shutouts and has a .925 save percentage on the spring.

Columbia has outscored its opponents 36-4 on the season.

Waterloo (6-2-2) posted two wins and a tie in recent action. 

On Monday, the Bulldogs took down Freeburg, 5-1. Freshman scoring sensation Payton Richter continued her superb spring with two goals. Megan O’Donnell added a goal and assist, with Sophie Colson and Karleigh Daniels also notching goals.

On Saturday, Waterloo battled Kickapoo in the cold rain at the Parkway College Showcase before the game was called at halftime with the score tied at 0-0.

On Friday, Richter scored twice and Natalie Gum added a goal and assist in a 3-1 victory over Francis Howell North at the Parkway College Showcase. Ella Bockhorn made three saves in net for the ‘Dogs.

Waterloo plays at Mascoutah on Thursday and at Civic Memorial on Monday.

Richter has 12 goals and three assists to lead the Bulldogs, including five game-winners.

Bockhorn is 5-1 in net with two shutouts and 32 total saves.

Gibault (4-3-1) won its only match of the past week, 2-0 over Wesclin.

Brooke Biffar and Kelly Papenberg scored the goals for the young Hawks and sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Davis made six saves for the shutout. 

Hannah Stearns and Reece Ward assisted on the goals.

Gibault hosts Mater Dei on Thursday and will play Incarnate Word, St. Dominic and St. Joseph’s at the St. Joseph’s Tournament in St. Louis this weekend.

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