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HS girls’ soccer: Staunton captures title at Panther Classic

The Staunton High School girls’ soccer team celebrates after defeating Greenville, 1-0, in the championship match of the Panther Classic at Litchfield Mar. 30. Photo contributed.

 

Carlinville posts two hat tricks in dismantling of EAWR

By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Reporter

The Staunton High School girls’ soccer team closed the month of March on a breakthrough, stunning two conference heavyweights to win the Litchfield Panther Classic last week.

The Bulldogs were hoping to finish higher than fourth place at the previous Route 66 Kickoff Classic, but that had nothing to do with their play. In fact, all three games were decided by one goal, two via a penalty kick shootout. Staunton’s fate could’ve easily been different had one roll or bounce shifted in its favor.

Knowing they had the ability to compete against well-known winning programs like Lincoln, Auburn and Carlinville, the Bulldogs weren’t intimidated having to battle Litchfield on enemy turf Mar. 27. Staunton stunned the host Panthers, 3-2, with three goals in the second half and advanced to the championship match against Greenville. Lexi Hester, Breanna Feeley and Samantha Fulton all found the back of the net to lead the rally after the Dogs trailed 1-0 at the half.

Intimidating defense was the key to Staunton’s title victory Mar. 30. In addition to a pesty front line, the Bulldogs had plenty of additional support thanks to their talanted freshman goaltender Madelyn Davin. Davin denied 12 shots and posted her second shutout of the season as the Dogs cooled off the surging Comets, 1-0, with Fulton burying the clinching goal down the stretch of the second half. Staunton improved to 4-3 overall and dropped Greenville to 8-2.

Carlinville posts two hat tricks in dismantling of EAWR

Jordyn Loveless and Ruthie Reels both posted hat tricks (three goals apiece) in Carlinville’s 9-0 dismantling of East Alton Wood River Mar. 28.

The Cavaliers scored seven goals in the first half en route to their third victory of the season.

Alexsis Kalaher contributed three assists.

Other CHS goals were logged by Emilee Wendling, Taylor Brandenburg and Jessica Strubbe.

Carlinville fell to 3-3-1 with a 7-1 loss at Civic Memorial Mar. 29.

Other action

Over the course of a three-game home stretch, Gillespie lost 6-0 versus Athens Mar. 25 and 6-1 against Roxana Mar. 27 then ended in a 3-3 tie with Wesclin Mar. 29. The Miners are 2-6-1.

Southwestern (1-6) defeated EAWR 3-1 for its first win of the season Mar. 25.

North Mac lost 9-0 against Greenville at the Litchfield Panther Classic Mar. 27 and fell to 1-6 on the year.