The Highland High School girls soccer team split its final two regular-season matches.
First, on Tuesday of last week, the Lady Bulldogs first traveled to Mascoutah and blanked the Indians 3-0.
Then last Thursday night, Highland hosted Triad for HHS’ Senior Night, and the Knights shut out the Lady Bulldogs 3-0 to win the Mississippi Valley Conference for the 17th straight season.
Highland finished the regular season with an 5-5 record in the MVCand an overall mark of 8-11-1.
The Lady Bulldogs took on Waterloo for the third time this season Tuesday night in the semifinal of the Class 2A Regional. The winner would most likely face top-seeded Triad in Friday’s championship game.
Against Mascoutah, Highland’s first and third goals were scored by senior striker Morgan Sikora. She raised her team-leading total to 19 goals and increased her career-leading mark to 74 markers in her illustrious four-year career at HHS.
Sikora’s first goal was assisted by senior Mackenzie Kleinmann and Sikora’s second tally was set up by freshman Kallie Painter. The assists were both the fifth of the season for Kleinmann and Painter, who entered the regional game tied for second on the team behind freshman Katelyn Wills.
Wills remained as the team leader after assisting on HHS’ second goal of the game which was scored by sophomore Alisse Koishor. The marker was Koishor’s second of the season.
Highland senior netminder Abbey Johnson stopped all 12 Jerseyville shots on goal to register her fifth shutout of the year and raise her career-leading total to 27.
Against Triad, Johnson turned away 22 of the Knights’ 25 shots on goal.
Scoring the goals for Triad were Megan Smith, Allison Wendt and Kalie Gibbs.
Also for the Knights, Danielle Wilde had two assists and goalies Skye Clark and Gabby Kayser each made one save to share the shutout.