After having its 12-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 2-0 loss to visiting Alton on Friday, May 5, the Highland soccer Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a dominant 4-0 victory at Mascoutah on Tuesday, May 9.
Then, on Thursday, Highland played host to Triad in both teams’ regular-season finale. Both teams played to a scoreless draw until the 51st minute, when the Knights finally broke through and went on to score the first of three of the game’s goals in a 10-minute, 17-second span to take the game 3-0.
Meaghan Smith, Sam Bassler and Katie Rogers scored for Triad and Mercedes King and Madisyn Stauffer combined for the shutout for the Knights.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 13-5-3 overall and 5-3-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Triad (15-6) still has never tasted a single defeat in conference play.
The HHS girls soccer team received the fourth seed in sub-sectional A of the Chatham Glenwood Sectional and will first compete in the IHSA Class 2A Civic Memorial Regional to be held at Bethalto Sports Complex. The Bulldogs will open the postseason with a semifinal game against host and sixth-seeded Civic Memorial at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.
That semifinal winner will most likely face top-seeded Chatham Glenwood, which should have no trouble dispatching of No. 7 Jerseyville in the earlier semifinal at 4 p.m. on May 16.
The regional championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, May 19.
Triad received the No. 1 seed in sub-sectional B of the Chatham Glenwood Sectional and will first compete in the Marion Regional. The Knights open the postseason against No. 7 Herrin at 5 p.m. Tuesday May 16.
The second semifinal will follow and it pits No. 3 Marion against No. 6 Mount Vernon at 7 p.m.
Highland 4, Mascoutah 0
After the two teams played to a scoreless draw 12 days earlier, Highland coach Josh Oswald said his team was kind of lethargic and slow at times on the hottest day of the season thus far.
The Bulldogs did get the only goal it really needed in the first half from sophomore Katelyn Marti.
But after a quick talk at halftime, the girls came out and played the game they are capable of and kept possession, moved the ball and communicated well en route to pumping in three more goals.
Sophomore Katelyn Marti showed the way with two goals and one assist. She has five goals and ranks second on the team with five assists. Junior Katelyn Wills added one goal and one assist to raise her totals to four markers and four helpers.
Freshman Sam Hengehold scored her first goal of her high school career off an assist from sophomore Megan Ramsey on a throw-in. Ramsey joined Wills with four assists.
In addition, junior goalie Morgan Zobrist and her key defensive troops of Abby Melosi, Rachel Miller, Megan Rapien, Megan Ramsey, Jaqlyn Ferguson and Jaida Duncan teamed up to convert their 13th shutout of the season, which is just one shy of the school record and leads the area.
“With us possessing the ball so well, we really limited Mascoutah’s chances, and Morgan and the defense recorded their 13th shutout on the season,” Oswald said. “Thirteen shutouts is tops for solo shutouts in the area, and it is one shy of the school record of 14 back in 2010 by Mariah Klenke.
“It was good to see us bounce back after our first loss in quite sometime, and now we are looking forward to Senior Night vs. Triad (Thursday at the HHS football stadium) and gear up for a playoff run.”