Maroons make history in win over Lancers

News-DemocratApril 30, 2014 

— It was a historic night for the Belleville West Maroons.

Sydnee Carroll set the school record for career goals and the Maroons notched the 200th win in the history of their girls soccer program by beating the Belleville East Lancers 3-1 Wednesday night.

"She has officially topped the list for most goals in a career, and she is only a junior and has the rest of this year and all of next year to go," Belleville West coach Jason Mathenia said of Carroll. "Kudos for her. Lots of mile marks tonight in this game, for sure."

Carroll took a pass from freshman Alexis Miller and scored the 42nd goal of her career with 5:13 left in the third quarter.

"It'll probably sink in later," Carroll said of becoming the Maroons' all-time leader in goals scored. "That has been my goal since my freshman year, to break as many records as possible. It's exciting, but I have to focus on the big tournament that we have coming up this weekend."

The Maroons improved to 8-4-2 overall, 2-2 in the Southwestern Conference heading into the Tournament of Champions this weekend in Burlington, Iowa.

Mathenia said he took a low-key approach to the program's 200th win.

"We didn't make a big deal out of it," Mathenia said. "I didn't even tell the girls until halftime that the possibility was even there because I didn't want to jinx anything. It means a lot to beat your cross-town rival and to get your milestone 200th win for your program."

The Lancers fell to 1-12 overall, 0-6 in the SWC. They were coming off their first win of the season -- a 2-0 decision over Mascoutah -- and they battled for the full 90 minutes with the Maroons.

"For our record, I don't think people expect that," first-year East coach Erika Baptist said. "We played poorly against Granite City (4-0) and Althoff (4-0), and those scores reflect that, but we're getting it. We're young, and when key players come to play, this can happen."

The Lancers got their goal with 49 seconds left as Hollie Kreher scored off a feed from Allyssa Bartle.

The goal was a major morale booster for the Lancers.

"There was 40 seconds left, we weren't going to win the game, but you saw it in their faces," Baptist said. "We've been fighting for something like that the whole season. I feel like I'm leaving here with a win."

The Maroons also got goals from junior Carli Tastad and freshman Kacie Kinnikin.

Tastad scored on a headball off a corner kick from Miller with 20:40 left in the first half.

"Talking about the history of Belleville West, there were a few years there where we were notorious for scoring off corners and we've been putting a lot of emphasis lately on getting those opportunities," Mathenia said. "Carli Tastad did a great job to get up off the service from Lexi Miller. She just smacked that one home. It was nice."

The Lancers, still trailing 1-0, pressured the Maroons throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half, but were unable to break through against West goalie Mackenzie White.

The Maroons got an insurance goal off a direct kick with 20:02 left in the second half.

Junior Taylor Vollmer took the shot on the direct kick, and East goalie Kelly Hull made a diving save. The ball caromed back out in front of the goal, and Kinnikin knocked it into the net.

"Taylor Vollmer has done a great job for us on dead balls, anything outside of corner kicks she typically takes," Mathenia said. "She hit a very nice shot, and their keeper makes a decent save. Kudos to another freshman, Kacie Kinnikin, for being in the right place and putting it home."

The Maroons were playing short-handed as four of their starters are sidelined with injuries.

"I can't believe remember in the 14 years that I've had the girls where we have had this many injuries at once," Mathenia said. "We've had some young players who have stepped up and we'll just keep moving forward. One thing that I talked about at the beginning of the season is that we have a lot of depth."

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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